Pope opens Central Europe conference on sex abuse ‘crisis’

Pope Francis speaks to Irish President Michael D. Higgins at the Vatican. The Catholic Church is meeting to discuss a series of child sex abuse scandals in Poland, which continue to plague the institution. – EPA pic, September 20, 2021.

POPE Francis opened a Vatican conference on child sex abuse by the clergy in Central and Eastern Europe yesterday by urging participants to brainstorm “concrete pathways of reform”.

The multi-day event – a joint initiative of the pontifical commission for the protection of minors and the Polish bishops’ conference – brings together Church representatives from 20 countries in the Polish capital Warsaw.

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