An anti-abuse summit to be held at the Vatican in February will include testimonies of survivors.
A task force made up of child protection experts, operating on every continent, will be established at the conclusion of the Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse from February 21-24.
Over 150,000 young people are converging on Panama City, Panama, following Pope Francis’s arrival for World Youth Day from January 23-27.
The lingering question over the adequacy of religious protection laws in Australia will remain unanswered until at least this May after Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared it would be a significant issue at the next federal election.
A group of Chilean bishops - who Pope Francis accused last year of destroying evidence and covering up child sex abuse - visited Rome this week in an attempt to repair the damage.
Pope Francis has vowed to refocus his efforts in 2019 on improving Christian-Muslim relations.