Pope Francis

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Peter Isley, survivor of sexual abuse, talks to reporters outside the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/ Remo Casilli

Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy have demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offence(...)

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 (...)

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. (...)

The public acknowledgement by Pope Francis that nuns have been sexually abused by priests and bishops, is a welcome advance where that issue is concerned. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has taken two significant steps on the issue of sexual abuse in the past week. One was the decision to expel former US cardinal Theodore (...)

‘‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ may be less a constructive reckoning than a stockpile of ammunition for militant right-wing Catholics who already itch to conduct a witch-hunt for gay priests.’ Image: Ben Wiseman/The New York Times

Marvelling at the mysterious sanctum that his new book explores, French journalist Frédéric Martel writes that “even in San Francisco’s Castro” there (...)

 Theodore Edgar McCarrick pictured in 2013. In July he  became the first Roman Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors a(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin said it was his  intention ‘to relay the lived experience and insights of Irish survivors‘ personally to Pope Francis. File photograph:  PA Wire

The Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has been meeting clerical abuse survivors throughout Ireland in advance of a Church leaders’ child protec(...)

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Two days away from the Feast of St Valentine, it is good to return to the appeal of Pope Francis when he spoke to engaged and newly married couples du(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking on  World Day of the Sick in the Church of Corpus Christi in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has called for more openness where health matters in Ireland are concerned. “Confidence can only(...)

A seagull flies past as Pope Francis delivers his  weekly message in the Vatican. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis urged governments on Sunday to take decisive action against the $150 billion-a-year human trafficking business and the plight of million(...)

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