The Catholic church had one of its worst years in history in 2018 – embarrassing cases of clerical sexual abuses and cover-up.

The catholic church had battled these cases headlong especially in 2018, sacking some senior members of the catholic clergies.

In 2019, the pope is stepping up his fight by convening an abuse summit in Vatican come February.

The aim of the summit, according to Cruxnow.com, is to clarify and underline what must and must not be done with allegations and make sure no more cases are ever covered up, citing Andrea Tornielli, editorial director for the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

“The presence of bishops from all over the world, called together for the first time to address this painful plague which has been, and is, a source of enormous suffering for victims and of counter-witness to the Gospel, will help to increase everyone’s awareness of the seriousness of the crisis,” he said.

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''The horrific experiences of the victims, the procedures to be applied in the face of accusations and the indications to ensure a safe environment for children and young people will thus be examined from a perspective that is not solely European or American,” Tornielli said about the February 21-24 meeting, which will bring presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern Catholic churches and leaders of religious orders to the Vatican.

“The purpose of the meeting is very specific: to ensure that everyone taking part in it can return to their own country being absolutely clear about what must - and must not - be done with regard to addressing these cases,” he said in an editorial published January 10 on Vatican News and on the front page of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

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