Pope Francis is meeting with Irish victims of clerical abuse for the first time since his appointment last year.
A number of Irish survivors are to fly to the Vatican to meet with the Pope who seems keen to continue his “zero tolerance” approach to abuse.
It is first time he is meeting with abuse victims and the first time that any Pope has met with Irish survivors.
He is welcoming Irish victims, and others from around the world, to his Vatican guest house to grant them the opportunity to speak of their experiences.
The Vatican are stressing the importance of taking into account the opinions of the survivors on how to address those found guilty of abuse and the affect that such abuse has had in their lives.
The meeting will allow survivors the chance to describe their suffering to the Pope in private.
Former Pope Benedict XVI held six meetings with abuse victims over the course of his papacy, including in the US, Australia, Malta and Britain.