The newly appointed Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

From the 1st to the 3rd of May 2014 the first meeting of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors took place in the Vatican guesthouse Santa Marta. The Commission has been set by Pope Francis at the beginning of December 2013. The board currently consists of an interdisciplinary committee of eight members from different countries. The commitee should provide recommendations and guidance to the Pope and the Vatican facilities in the area of child protection. Members of the committee are, among others Father Prof. Hans Zollner SI, president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University and Baroness Sheila Hollins, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Child Protection of the Gregorian University. A meeting and exchange of ideas between the commission members and the Holy Father took place in the first session.

From left to right:

Prof. Hanna Suchocka, Father Hans Zollner SI, Mary Collins, Prof. Claudio Papale, His Holiness Pope Francis, Dr. Catherine Bonnet, Father Miguel Yáñez SI, Baroness Sheila Hollins, Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley.

Copyright: Osservatore Romano, Servizio Fotografico, Città del Vaticano.


Video report of "Rome Reports" on the Pontificial Commission for the Protection of Minors

(published 02.06.2014)

The video is available in english and spanish. The copyrigts belong to "Rome Reports".

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Video report of "Rome Reports" on the Centre for Child Protection

(published 04.02.2014)

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07 November 2013:

Social event of the CCP´s second Year Conferencewith Steering Comitee, Scientific Advisory Board and International Project Partners

On November 07, 2013, the CCP Team organised a meeting between the members of Steering Comitee, the Scientific Advisory Board and the International Project Partners. The meeting presented a good opportunity for exchanging experiences on our online course as well as for discussing new ideas for the future of the program.

Later in the evening everybody could join the social event of our second Year Conference in the Golden Hall in the Fürstenried Palace.

Standing (from left to right): Father Martín Carranza, Msgr. Prof. Dr. Stephen Rossetti, Mrs. Lucia Marasca, Father Prof. Dr. Hans Zollner SJ, Avv. Maria Pia Capozza, Father Tony Shanahan, Prof. Dr. Karlijn Demasure, Mr. Peter Bartlechner, Sister Mary Rejoice Hoedoafia, Dott.ssa Katharina Fuchs, Ms. Susanne Witte, Prof. Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina, Prof. Dr. Jörg Fegert, Ms. Bettina Böhm, Msgr. Klaus Peter Franzl.

Kneeling (from left to right): Father Tony Ray SJ, Father Jorge Cedeno, Father Bernard Malasi, Father Albertus Bagus Laksana SJ.


Meeting with Pope Francis I

04 June 2013

"Coraggio! Andate avanti!"

On June 04, 2013 Father Zollner SJ, Katharina Fuchs and Father Zak SJ were invited to participate in the morning Mass of the Holy Father, Francis I . Following this, there was the opportunity for a brief personal encounter. Thereby, the Holy Father emphasized several times the importance of the Centre's work.

Following the Holy Mass and the meeting with the Holy Father, the Vatican Radio did an interview with Father Zollner SJ.

A summary and an audio version of the interview can be found by the following links: