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 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 (...)

Now is the time for Pope Francis  to spell out in detail, to the leaders before him and to the laity, exactly what process is being used when a bishop or other leader is accused of negligence or cover up. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference across the world – the church’s regional organisations – will be in Rome to attend a Vatican meeting (...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

The simmering resentment of some Catholic clergy in Ireland over low attendance at events during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland has finally brok(...)

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors, met Pope Francis on Saturday along with other surviours of clerical abuse. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis referred to those who cover up child abuse in the Catholic Church as “caca” – the Spanish word which the official translator interpreted (...)

 Pope Francis, who is due to arrive in Ireland on Saturday for a two-day visit. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Clerical sex abuse survivors have criticised an open letter from Pope Francis, in which he apologises to victims and says “no effort will be spared to(...)

Abuse survivor Colm O’Gorman said while Pope Francis had said the church must seek forgiveness for its sins, he did not acknowledge its “wilful cover up of those very crimes”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Pope’s letter has been criticised for not adequately addressing the issues of accountability for abuse or for the cover up of crimes. Survivor C(...)

Cardinal Séan O’Malley: “Catholics have lost patience with us, and civil society has lost confidence in us.” Photograph: Getty Images

The chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has warned that “the clock is ticking” for the Catholic hierarchy when it comes to (...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley (from Boston)  outside St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin in 2010. File Photograph: PA

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has announced he will not be attending the World Meeting of Fam(...)

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