Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said it “still was very upsetting that anyone would attempt to interfere in the way the commission works”. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has said she is satisfied that attempts by Chilean Catholic Church leaders to prevent another survivor becoming a (...)

Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with a little girl during his weekly general audience at St Peter’s Square in Rome on Wednesday. The pope has received a report recommending that bishops be made accountable for failures to protect victims of clerical child sex abuse. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A major step forward may have been taken by the Holy See this week in addressing clerical child abuse with its decision to set up an unprecedented tr(...)

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 (...)

Pope Francis stands with cardinals during a consistory at the Vatican. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Giving his second interview in a month, Pope Francis has this morning said the Holy See was often too “Vatican-centred”, adding that he promised to “d(...)

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