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Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron and Detroit Auxiliary Bishops Michael J. Byrnes, Arturo Cepeda and Donald F. Hanchon lie prostrate before the altar at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit as the Litany of Pardon is read aloud. (CNS photo/Dan Meloy, The Michigan Catholic)

The priests asked for pardon over its handling of clerical abuse

Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto

The Archbishop of Paraiba said he made the mistake of being too trusting

Bishops queue to meet Pope Francis after a general audience (AP)

The potential scope of the new definition of episcopal negligence is of huge significance

Pope Francis has made it explicit that Church leaders can be dismissed for negligence on abuse (AP)

Under new procedures, Vatican will launch an investigation when there is ‘serious evidence’ of negligence

Fr Virgilio Elizondo co-founded what is today the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)

Fr Virgilio Elizondo, professor at the University of Notre Dame, was found dead in his home

Fr Federico Lombardi (PA)

Fr Lombardi says the cardinal gave a ‘lucid’ picture of errors committed by the Church over clerical abuse

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Quirinale hotel in Rome after meeting members of the Australian group of clerical abuse victims (PA)

The cardinal said any resignation would be taken as an admission of guilt

Phil Nagle arrives at the Quirinale hotel in Rome to hear Cardinal Pell's evidence (PA)

The cardinal met a group of survivors this morning after four days of questioning by an Australian royal commission

Cardinal George Pell arrives at last night's hearing (PA)

The cardinal said he he had heard rumours about Brother Ted Dowlan, but assumed they were being dealt with

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Quirinale hotel in Rome early this morning afer testifying to the royal commission (PA)

The cardinal told an Australian commission he had been ‘kept in the dark’ about the crimes of Gerald Ridsdale