Some people have asked me if I am attending the summit on the sexual abuse of minors in Rome on February 21-24. I will not be there because it is not intended for all bishops. There will be 190 participants at the event, including the presidents of 114 bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern rite Catholic Churches and of the main Roman Curia offices, 12 superiors of men’s religious orders and 10 superiors of women’s religious orders, and two lay women, as well as men and women survivors .
To ensure as much transparency as possible, the Vatican will live-stream all the keynote speeches and the interventions of Pope Francis, as well as the penitential service and the closing Mass. All this can be followed in the United States, Canada and other countries worldwide.
The Vatican has opened a special website, accessible to the public with information about the conference, the list of participants at the summit and much more. As I write this, I am not certain how to access the live-stream; but it may be accessible on this website. Please pray for Pope Francis and the participants that they will be guided by the Holy Spirit.