Pope Francis amended church law on Saturday. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has copperfastened the concept of “Bishop Accountability” in relation to the handling of sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church on Sa(...)

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(...)

Marie Collins: invited to become a member of the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors in a phone call from Rome last Friday afternoon

Abuse survivor Marie Collins, who has been appointed to the Vatican’s new Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors, is daunted at the op(...)

Pope Francis has named eight people, including Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins, to a  group to help the Catholic Church fight the clerical sexual abuse of minors.  Photograph: Reuters

In appointing four women, five lay people and three anglophones to the Vatican’s new Pontifical Council For The Protection Of Minors yesterday (...)