Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with a little girl during his weekly general audience at St Peter’s Square in Rome on Wednesday. The pope has received a report recommending that bishops be made accountable for failures to protect victims of clerical child sex abuse. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A major step forward may have been taken by the Holy See this week in addressing clerical child abuse with its decision to set up an unprecedented tr(...)

Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to deal with bishops who fail to protect c(...)

A meeting between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Malley, about the controversial appointment of a Chilean bishop, went “very well”, Dublin survivor Marie Collins has said. Photograph: Reuters

An unscheduled meeting on Sunday between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Mal(...)

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

On Monday of this week, the Holy See quietly initiated a project that in many senses embodies Pope Francis’s famous call for a “church of the poor and(...)

Pope Francis during a visit to a refugee camp this week in Rome. Photograph:  Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

The Holy See’s Commission for the Protection of Minors officially acknowledged yesterday that one of the first issues it intends to address is “bish(...)

Sex abuse survivor Marie Collins has admitted to feeling frustrated by the slow pace set by the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, of which she is a member. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

Sex abuse survivor Marie Collins has admitted to feeling frustrated by the slow pace set by the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of(...)

‘They are uplifted by some signs of hope among US bishops –  for instance the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley (above), in a recent television interview, stating that the Vatican investigation of the US women religious was a “disaster”.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

I have recently returned from an 18-city speaking tour in the US, organised by the network of Church Reform movements. They impressed me. Their commit(...)

Irish clerical child abuse survivor Mark Vincent Healy (54) told Pope Francis (above) of his concerns about rates of self-harm and suicide among survivors during a meeting in the Vatican today.  Photograph: Nicola Lanese/EPA.

The second Irish clerical child abuse survivor to meet Pope Francis this morning was Dubliner Mark Vincent Healy (54). The meeting lasted for approxim(...)

Irish abuse survivors were among those meeting with Pope Francis today. File photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Clerical child abuse survivor Marie Kane (43) has asked Pope Francis to remove Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland(...)

Pope Francis: expected to meet six clerical sex abuse survivors this morning after Mass in the Vatican. Photograph: Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis is expected to meet six clerical sex abuse survivors in the Vatican this morning. In a meeting announced by the pope himself on the papa(...)