Vatican, 9 February 2019 – Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church from around the world will meet February 21-24 in Rome, Italy, for a summit on clerical sex abuse.

The coming together of leaders of the church is seen by many as the most important event in a church badly shaken by sexual scandals since the papal election in 2013.

While the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will attend the conference in its entirety, a full list of who else will be attending remains unknown.

Vatican’s editorial director Andrea Tornielli has called the media hype around the conference as “excessive”.

Given the enormity of the challenge, the Vatican has downplayed expectations.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago told Cruxlast November that Pope France wants to achieve a dual objective with the conference, at least.

First, the Pope wants a comprehensive understanding of past failings of the church shared and, second, he wants to work with conference attendees to agree global solutions moving forward.

Catholics the world over and victims of sexual abuse are hoping that the conference offers some concrete results.

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