A jury in Australia had found Cardinal Pell guilty in December 2018 on five counts of abuse and the Victoria Court of Appeal upheld that verdict in a 2-1 decision.
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commision for the Protection of Minors, has said that vulnerable minors must be protected against online predators during the pandemic.
In greeting the few hundred pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis urged people to remain careful and obey safety protocols since the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.
Commenting on the recent racial unrest in the United States, the head of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Marco Impagliazzo, has said that the path of nonviolence is the "road to victory."
Cardinal Peter Turkson, in commenting on the unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, said that prayer is "the only way we can dignify" his memory and urged that ecumenical prayer services be held as a means to promote healing.
Msgr. Slawomir Oder, the postulator for the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II, has said recently that he had found no evidence that the late pope ever covered up cases of sexual abuse scandals.
In anticipation of opening Rome's churches for celebration of public Masses, the Italian army and city sanitation authorities are sanitizing the sacred spaces in order to keep the public safe.
The French bishops' conference has encouraged the faithful to "go to church to pray alone" and urged dioceses and parishes to attend to their people's faith life.
The Italian bishops' conference are trying to find ways to provide needed care and programs for children and adolescents during the pandemic.
Much about the pope, his life and work has been gathered over the course of his sainthood cause, which Pope Francis furthered in 2017 with the recognition that Pope John Paul lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.