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Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors: “proposals” submitted to the Pope, as well as a website to share “good practices”

“A request for him to remind all authorities in the Church of the importance of responding directly to victims and survivors who approach them; the finalization of a Universal Day of Prayer and a penitential liturgy.” These are some of the “proposals” submitted to the Pope, “for further discussion and decision about policies. Policies endeavour to recognize the diversity of information and guidance currently available to the Church around the world. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which held seven days of meetings in Rome through six Workgroups – as stated in a release from the Vatican Newsroom – focused on updates for current projects, and developing and drafting proposals. Outside collaborators who assisted the Working Groups included the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD), and an expert in Penal Canon Law. “Workshops on the legal aspects of the Protection of Minors to establish more transparency around canonical trials, with participation of external collaborators, are planned for later in the year and a report and recommendations will be provided at the next Plenary Assembly. A website is also being developed to share Best Practice for the Protection of Minors around the world”, the press release says. In order to fulfil the mission of the Holy Father’s Chirograph for the Institution of the Commission to promote local responsibility, “Commission members are actively in contact with numerous Bishops Conferences, and members of the Commission have presented to Religious Conferences and Congregations on safeguarding minors”.

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