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RC closes private session registrations, Popes rails against CSA, Frankly speaking, more....


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Royal Commission closes registrations for private sessions

The Royal Commission will close registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016.

The first private session was held on Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Parramatta, NSW, and this month, the Royal Commission completed its 5,000th private session in Queensland. There are more than 1,500 people currently waiting for a private session.

"The Commissioners recognise that for individuals who have been traumatised by sexual abuse giving an account of their experiences and telling their story to a Commissioner is, for many survivors, an important part of their personal journey," Justice McClellan said.

Read statement from Commission Chair Peter McClellan

Read TJHC media release

 
Read Commission media release
   
 

Frankly speaking...

Late last week the Royal Commission made the significant announcement that  registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016 - a clear indication that the Royal Commission is now entering into the final phase of its life. The private sessions have provided crucial information to the Commission's investigations and played a very real part for many survivors in their personal journey of recovery.

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Pope Francis rails against child sexual abuse

Pope Francis railed against the sexual abuse of children in a weekly address in St. Peter's Square Sunday, calling any such abuse a "tragedy" and saying the church cannot tolerate the matter and "must severely punish the abusers."

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World Communications Day

Celebrating the 50th World Communications Day, the Australian Catholic Media Council is launching a grassroots initiative by inviting each diocese to share local stories about 'Communication and Mercy'.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishops Delegate for Media, said the stories may show how 'communication has the power to build bridges, to enable encounter and inclusion, and thus to enrich society'.

'We have learnt from the hearings of the Royal Commission how empowering it is for those who have suffered to tell their stories and for those stories to be heard and believed,' he said.

Find out more about sharing your story here.

Read the Pope's statement

Read ACBC media release

Read TJHC media release

   
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