21-24 February 2019


This week 190 church leaders are meeting in Rome in the face of the emerging world-wide crisis of the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. Details including the program and speakers is available on the Vatican’s dedicated forum website.

Pray and Light a Candle

“Pray and Light a Candle" is a project co-ordinated by Catholics Speak Out, Concerned Catholics and the Christian Meditation Community members of the Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Renewal to coincide with the Rome Summit 21-24 February.

We are calling for a national campaign of silent prayer between 21-24 February 2019 for Pope Francis and our bishops to call on the Holy Spirit to strengthen their discernment and courage for radical decision making during this summit on child abuse and protection and church reform. 

We have prepared this prayer sheet to be used in meditation pdf.  


190224 - Pope Francis calls for an ‘all out battle’ against the evil of sex abuse - America Magazine

190223 - Journalist at abuse summit: The press is not the enemy of the church - America Magazine - Gerard O’Connell

190223 - Prayer alone is no panacea for church - Editorial - Newcastle Herald - Quotes Peter Gogarty and Bob O’Toole

190223 - Good reading and listening for the weekend - Vatican sex abuse summit - Pearls and Irritations

190222 - Exclusive: Archbishop suggests creating new Vatican office to tackle abuse and clerical culture - NCR Online - Josh McElwee