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Abuse survivor sees glimmers of hope

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican summit on child protection gave one survivor an unexpected chance to sit down with the Church’s top abuse investigator to tell his story, which includes being sued for defamation by a Peruvian archbishop.
 

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Concerted effort needed to uproot sexual abuse

The Vatican summit addressing The Protection of Minors in the Church brought together the presidents of bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches, superiors of men’s and women’s religious orders and Roman Curia officials. They heard harrowing testimony from victims and sought to hammer out pastoral directions to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Church by taking responsibility, establishing reporting mechanisms and ensuring transparency.
 








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Time for ‘all-out battle’ against abuse

VATICAN (SE): “I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Pope Francis said in closing the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church.
 

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Bishops must see press as allies journalist says

VATICAN (CNS): If they are truly serious about fighting clerical sex abuse, bishops must join forces with journalists and not view them as enemies plotting against the Catholic Church, Mexican journalist, Valentina Alazraki, told bishops at the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church.
 

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At summit bishops consider 21 action items to handle, prevent abuse

VATICAN (Agencies): Immediately exhorting asking bishops and religious superiors to be concrete in confronting the clerical sexual abuse crisis and the need to protect children in the Church, CNS reported that Pope Francis handed them a list of 21 action items to consider at the start of the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church.
 

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After the summit on abuse the stakes are clear

Greg Erlandson
 
The long-awaited meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while perhaps disappointing others.