The last remaining bishop mentioned in a damning official report on the systematic failure of the Catholic Church in Ireland to deal with child abuse in its institutions, is facing insistent and repeated calls to step down.
The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service, an unofficial body that works with churches across the denominations, has published new guidance and urged Christian communities to "raise the bar" in their protection work.
Pope Benedict XVI has met privately with a delegation of Canadian native people to express his sorrow for the abuse suffered by indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. The meeting took place at the end of last week.
Following renewed criticism of its past practice, the Church of England has confirmed "the broad principles for a protocol for the systematic review of past child protection cases", following on from the Archbishop of Canterbury's announcement earlier in 2007.
Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Price has made an apology for the church's failure to implement its own guidelines over convicted child sex offender the Rev David Smith. More action and vigilance is needed, say critics.