The Vatican said today its investigation of sexual abuse by clergy throughout Ireland will include meetings with victims and families.
Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year named nine top prelates to start the investigation this autumn.
The Holy See said in a statement that a preparatory meeting was held yesterday in Rome with Vatican officials and the investigators, including Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who will examine Dublin’s archdiocese.
Ireland’s top archbishops were among those celebrating Mass today before discussion about what it called “the tragic abuse of children.”
The Vatican said it is hoping for healing in the Irish church and regained trust by the faithful.