Pope Creates Special Commission on Sex Abuse, Meets with Netanyahu


Another busy week at the Vatican: Pope Francis concluded a meeting with his eight-member international council of cardinals. After the meeting, officials announced that Francis would create a special commission to advise him on protecting children from clergy sex abuse. The announcement came amid growing criticism that the pope is not doing enough to hold accountable church leaders who have covered up such abuse. Earlier, Francis met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a number of issues in the Middle East, including Iran’s nuclear weapons and the ongoing war in Syria. At his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square, the pope invited Catholics to pray for Orthodox nuns who were abducted in Syria earlier this week, allegedly by rebel forces. The nuns were taken from the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula.

Last month, Pope Francis issued a document in which he urged Catholics not only to minister to the poor, but to try to make the whole economic system more just. Watch “The Pundits and the Pope”.