The meeting, whose theme is “prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults”, comes as the 1.3 billion-member Church still struggles to enact a concerted, coordinated and global effort to tackle a crisis that is now more than two decades old.
The Global Citizens’ Human Rights Coalition has called for urgent government intervention to stop some religious institutions in the country from abusing their members.
At least 18 people were killed as two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of militants, the military said Sunday, just days after a regional vote for a new Muslim autonomous region.
Pope Francis will be in Panama and will visit the country’s major seminary of San Jose, and address the ever present problem of dwindling recruitment to the priesthood.
Laurent Monsengwo, archbishop of Kinshasa and a vocal government critic, has stepped down, the church said Thursday, just weeks before key elections to replace President Joseph Kabila.