In September, following months of revelations about the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the United States and elsewhere, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had summoned the heads of bishops’ conferences in 130 countries for a summit on the protection of children.
From Feb. 21 to 24, nearly 190 church leaders will gather in Rome for what Pope Francis hopes to be “a powerful gesture of pastoral responsibility in the face of an urgent challenge.” Each of the first three days of the meeting will be devoted to one aspect of the abuse crisis: responsibility, accountability and transparency. Pope Francis and participants will attend a penitential liturgy the evening of Feb. 23 and a Mass Feb. 24.
The Vatican will live-stream all the keynote speeches and the interventions of Pope Francis, as well as the penitential service and the closing Mass.
Check back here each day for America’s on-the-ground coverage of the summit and analysis from experts in the field of child protection.