Vatican — Pope Francis on Thursday opened a landmark Vatican summit on fighting child sex abuse, calling for “concrete measures” and handing top Catholic bishops a road map to tackling paedophilia in the church. “The holy people of God looks to us, and expects from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be undertaken. We need to be concrete,” he said as the summit opened, the first of its kind. “Hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice,” he said as the three-and-a-half-day meeting began. Francis handed out a 21-point list of guidelines, which includes suggestions such as drawing up mandatory codes of conduct for priests, training people to spot abuse and informing police. Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, one of the summit’s organisers, described the proposals as “a road map for the future development of policy” which “governs all aspects of getting it right”.

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