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 (...)

Pope Francis called this week’s Rome meeting to raise awareness globally about clerical child sexual abuse, highlighting it is not just a “western” problem. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A four-day meeting of Catholic bishops and other senior clergy begins at the Vatican on Thursday to address the issue of clerical child sexual abuse. (...)

Pope Francis: “It is not about him, it is about the unresolved agony, the anguish that is ongoing and is unaddressed, and cries about to be addressed,” said Fr McCafferty. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A Belfast priest has said Pope Francis should cancel his visit to Ireland because of the issue of clerical sex abuse. Fr Patrick McCafferty told his (...)

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, from Drimnagh in Dublin, speaking in 2017 at the  Dublin  conference – hosted by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin –  in preparation for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the re(...)

Juan Carlos Cruz, who is the key whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal,  in Rome on Tuesday for his audience with Pope Francis. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Three Chilean abuse survivors, whose allegations of a cover-up against a local bishop were described as “calumny” by Pope Francis on a visit to Chile (...)

Marie Collins has challenged assertions  by one of the most powerful Vatican cardinals. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Abuse survivor Marie Collins has strongly challenged assertions made by one of the most powerful Vatican cardinals in an interview he gave after she r(...)

The Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council will hold its second annual community Iftar in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre at Blanchardstown in west Dublin on Saturday next to which members of the LGBT community are invited. Photograph: Getty Images

Members of Ireland’s gay community have been invited to take part in a Muslim community meal in Dublin next weekend as Ramadan comes to a conclusion. (...)

Trinity Law Professor Gerry Whyte. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The power enjoyed by Catholic Church in Ireland was responsible in part for the scandals that have emerged in recent years, a conference in Trinity Co(...)

It has been a good week for survivors of clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The success of the film Spotlight in winning the Oscar for b(...)

Marie Collins: “The fact that criminal child abusers were being protected by their superiors needed to be known if it was to be stopped.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Marie Collins is tired, not surprisingly. Dealing with the grinding, mechanical mindset she has encountered again and again at senior levels in the C(...)

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