Chile’s president Sebastián Pinera meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops who have been caught up in the country’s widening sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican said on Saturday. T(...)

Pope Francis has shifted the mood music in the Catholic Church away from a rigid hierarchical conformism to a more collegial atmosphere of debate and creative thinking. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

At the end of the 11 o’clock Mass in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral last Sunday morning Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reminded the congregation that Pope Francis(...)

Marie Collins with Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley (right) at the Vatican in 2014. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has said allowing Chile’s 34 bishops simply to resign in connection with their handling of clerical child sex abus(...)

 Chilean bishops Luis Fernando Ramos Perez and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz read statements during a news conference after a meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

In an unprecedented move, 34 Chilean bishops said on Friday they had offered to resign en masse after attending a crisis meeting this week with Pope F(...)

In a letter to Chilean bishops, Pope Francis  invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made “grave mistakes” in the handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, saying he felt shame and i(...)

Marie Collins, a former member of the Pope’s sex-abuse commission, hands a letter to Cardinal Seán O’Malley detailing the abuse of Juan Carlos Cruz and a cover-up by Chilean church authorities, at the Domus Santa Marta on April 12th, 2015. Photograph: Catherine Bonnet via AP

Pope Francis has been accused of “inexcusable dysfunction at best and wilful deception at worst” following reports on Monday that he received a victim(...)

Pope Francis ‘has just turned back the clock to the darkest days of this crisis’, says campaigner Anne Barrett Doyle. Photograph: Mario Ruiz/EPA

Pope Francis has accused victims of Chile’s most notorious paedophile of slander, in an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a (...)

Peter Saunders:  criticised appointment  of controversial  bishop Juan Barros. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

UK child sex abuse lobbyist Peter Saunders, who was given a “leave of absence” from his role in the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protecti(...)

Marie Collins: Development a “very serious mater”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Abuse survivor Marie Collins has described as “sickening” apparent attempts to block an abuse survivor’s nomination to the Pope’s child protection com(...)

A meeting between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Malley, about the controversial appointment of a Chilean bishop, went “very well”, Dublin survivor Marie Collins has said. Photograph: Reuters

An unscheduled meeting on Sunday between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Mal(...)

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