Pope Francis is summoning leading bishops from around the world for a February summit to discuss how to prevent sexual abuse by priests.
Pope Francis’ top advisers have said the Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that the Pope covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal.
Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the “crime” of sexual abuse by priests and subsequent cover-ups.
The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania “criminal and morally reprehensible”.
Pope Francis has effectively stripped US clergyman Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s rank following allegations of sexual abuse including against an 11-year-old boy.
Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January to participate in the Catholic Church’s big youth rally, the Vatican has confirmed.
Pope Francis and French president Emmanuel Macron have held private talks at the Vatican, against a backdrop of European tensions over migrants.
Computer hackers have descended on the Vatican to help tackle pressing problems particularly dear to Pope Francis, including how to better provide resources for migrants and encourage solidarity for the poor.