Pope Francis. “If the church is to have any credibility, it must be matched by radical, irreversible reform from the very top.” Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

In the wake of the synod on the protection of minors, it is clear that there is a massive task ahead for the Catholic Church worldwide even if progres(...)

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 is greeted by Sr Carmen Sammut, a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa, during an audience with the International Union of Superiors General at the Vatican on Thursday. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

In a potentially historic statement on Thursday, Pope Francis appeared to question the wisdom of the Catholic Church’s traditional practise of an all(...)