Holy Father Pope Francis has given the Bishops of Chile a series of themes for meditation at their meeting. The Holy Father called the meeting with the Chilean episcopate to address the crisis of clerical sexual abuse, and the failure of church leaders to respond adequately to it.

The Pontiff held the first meeting with the Bishops on 15th May, 2018, afternoon in the auletta of the Paul VI Hall. Thirty-four Chilean Bishops were in attendance. According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, His Holiness Pope Francis  gave each of the Bishops a text with themes for meditation. “From this moment and until the next meeting, a time is open [which is] dedicated exclusively to meditation and prayer,” the statement said, as reported by Vatican news.

The meeting in Rome is intended to discuss the results of the envoys’ visit and discuss the Pope’s conclusions.