Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him about protecting children from sexually abusive priests and about helping victims who have already been harmed.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley,
the archbishop of Boston, announced the creation of the commission at
the conclusion of a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal
advisers who are helping him govern the church and reform the Vatican
Boston was at the centre of the 2002 clerical sexual abuse scandal in the US.
O'Malley told reporters the commission would study current programmes
to protect children, better screen priests, train church personnel and
suggest new initiatives.