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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican to conclude the summit of Catholic leaders  on preventing clerical sexual abuse and protecting children. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP

Clerical child sexual abuse survivors in Ireland and abroad have reacted with disappointment to the four-day meeting at the Vatican on the protection (...)

Pope Francis speaks from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday at the Vatican. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The Vatican is to prepare a guidebook for Catholic bishops worldwide so they “clearly understand their duties and tasks” in dealing with clerical chil(...)

In a concluding address at the end of a four-day meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church Pope Francis said empirical explanations were not enough ‘faced with such cruelty, with so much idolatrous sacrifice of children to god power, money, pride’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has issued a plea for the eradication of child abuse “from the face of the earth”. At the Vatican on Sunday morning he said: “I make a (...)

Pope Francis attending the third day of a summit at the Vatican on sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Photograph: AFP/Vatican media

Pope Francis has described feminism as “machismo with a skirt” during a brief intervention at the four-day meeting on the protection of minors in the (...)

  Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the second day of a global child protection summit   on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/AFP/Getty Images

A leading US cardinal has called for new independent ways of reporting bishops who cover up the abuse of children by priests or who may themselves be (...)

Members of Ending Clergy Abuse, a global organisation of prominent survivors and activists who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, hold a protest by the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis convened a meeting of Roman Catholic leaders worldwide yesterday to grapple directly with clerical child sexual abuse, a scourge that has(...)

Amy Worrall and Fátimah Alaya

What is Jailbreak? Jailbreak is Ireland’s largest student-run fundraiser, now in its 7th year running. All proceeds of the charity event are split b(...)

When in Rome... Photograph: iStock

The centre of Rome will be awash with green rugby jerseys this weekend ahead of the Ireland-Italy match at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Irish fans c(...)

Pope Francis greets clergymen at the opening of a global child protection summit. Photograph: Vicenzo Pinto/AFP

Catholic Church leaders from around the world have heard an African woman describe being abused from the age of 15 for 13 years by a priest, who she s(...)

Peter Isley, survivor of sexual abuse, talks to reporters outside the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/ Remo Casilli

Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy have demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offence(...)

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