Pope summons bishops for epochal meeting on child sex abuse scandal

In response to increasing pressure for a response to the church’s ongoing sexual abuse scandal, Pope Francis has announced he will meet with bishops from around the world early next year.

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The meeting will take place at the Vatican in February, according to a statement.

“The Holy Father Francis, after hearing the Council of Cardinals, has decided to convene a meeting with the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of ‘Protection of minors,'” a Vatican source confirmed.

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