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  1. New Catholic Commission to Tackle Church Child Abuse Issues

    Pope Francis will appoint a panel of experts to determine how the Catholic Church can prevent clerical abuse and protect children, the archbishop of Boston has announced. The commission will have a broad mandate to develop procedures and best practices for both protection and prevention, and will focus on fashioning a pastoral response to child abuse within the church. However, several advocacy groups were skeptical about the development, arguing that if the Vatican really wanted to protect children, it would hold clergy members accountable for turning a blind eye to abuse and refusing to cooperate with police.

    Sources: NYT, BBC, Al Jazeera

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