- Dec 14, 2019
An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church “should contribute substantially” to funding reparations for survivors of a former church-run orphanage where a mass grave of children’s remains was discovered.
“Pope Francis must make the protection of children a priority now,” said former member of the pontifical commission for the protection of minors and child psychiatrist Catherine Bonnet.
Catholic leaders in Pakistan have added their voices to the condemnation of the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in the eastern part of Punjab province.
At a major summit on child safety online hosted by Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, representatives of major technology giants such as Facebook and Microsoft pledged their full commitment to fighting online abuse. Other participants, however, wondered whether, in light of the massive revenues generated by social media firms, more could actually be done.
The Smyllum Park orphanage is currently undergoing investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, after previous residents accused staff of neglect and physical abuse. A new investigation claims hundreds of children from the institution are buried in an unmarked grave at a nearby cemetery.
From a mother’s perspective, actress Blake Lively says she was devastated upon realizing how common child pornography is, and that the children who are victims are often too young to speak up for themselves or report the crimes being committed against them.