Pope Francis appoints new members to child abuse panel

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) A British survivor of clerical sexual abuse and a longtime aide to Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley are among nine new members appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s sex abuse commission. The Vatican on Wednesday (December 17) announced the additions to the commission, which is led by O’Malley. The panel, which now has a total of 17 members, is expected to hold its first full meeting in Rome in early February.