Ahead of the unprecedented February Bishops’ meeting called by Pope Francis on “the protection of minors in the Church,” The Vatican has published the official website for the summit.
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26
Last September Pope Francis called for an unprecedented meeting, summoning presidents of Bishops Conferences around the world to discuss the sex abuse abuse scandal that has rocked the Church.
Taking place from February 21st to the 24th, the Vatican published the office web page and hashtag ahead of meeting: #PBC2019
The itinerary of the meeting at the Vatican will include nine presentations by speakers, video testimonies from victims of sex abuse, group discussions, a penitential liturgy, and a closing Mass with final remarks from the Holy Father.
Each day of the three has a theme: responsibility, accountability, transparency. In attendance will a total of 190 Catholic leaders: majority presidents of bishops’ conferences, 14 patriarchs or archbishops of oriental orthodox churches, 22 religious order superiors, 10 dicastery heads, and 15 other bishops not belonging to an episcopal conference.
The website commented on the meetings role in the overarching goal of solving the issue of abuse within the Church:
“In consciousness of the facts, the meeting sees itself as a step on a long path of reappraisal, healing and transformation of the Church, which must always be a transformation towards a deeper, more wholehearted following of Jesus Christ.”
You can view the official website for the meeting at http://www.pbc2019.org/