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Centre for Child Protection opens offices in Rome, expands its services

February 17, 2015

The Centre for Child Protection, inaugurated to help prevent the sexual abuse of minors, has opened offices in Rome, where it will work in conjunction with the papal commission no sexual abuse.

The Centre, which opened its work in Munich in 2012, has now established headquarters at the Pontifical Gregorian University. The Centre offers educational programs, catering especially to countries that lack similar institutions. The institution also will offer training for seminarians, briefings for new bishops, and eventually a degree program.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who chairs the papal commission, participated in a February 16 press conference introducing the new initiative. Father Hans Zollner, SJ, the president of the Centre for Child Protection, is also a member of the papal commission.

“We are painfully aware of the many places in the world where the issues of clerical sexual abuse has not been adequately addressed and we hope that the Pontifical Commission and the outstanding work of the Centre will make a difference,” Cardinal O’Malley said.


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