Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of bishops’ conference heads  from across the world next February. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of senior bishops from across the world next February as a new investigation uncovered evidence of at lea(...)

Bishop Stephan Ackermann, appointed by his peers as official abuse commissioner, said the investigation would explore the prevalence of sexual and physical abuse committed by clergy towards young people. Photograph: Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images

German bishops have launched a second attempt to investigate clerical sex abuse allegatio(...)