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The Protection of Minors in the Church


The meeting on ‘The Protection of Minors in the Church’ which took place at the Vatican, 21-24 February 2019, was a moment of great importance for the Universal Church in continuing to address the evil of abuse of minors, as well as the legacy arising from mishandling of these cases by Church authorities. Called by Pope Francis (who was present throughout the meeting), there was a total of 190 participants. These comprised 114 Presidents of Episcopal Conferences from throughout the world, fourteen leaders of the Oriental Catholic Churches, fifteen Ordinaries who do not belong to an Episcopal Conference, twenty-five Superiors General of men and women religious congregations, as well as members of the Roman Curia and the organisers of the meeting.