>> A conference on protecting children from online sexual abuse, bringing together the catholic church, governments, and experts. But coming just weeks after a Vatican diplomat was recalled from Washington, suspected of possessing child pornography. Reuters Phil Palilla is in Rome.>> Because he was a diplomat, he was not tried in the United States, he won't be tried in the United States.
But the Vatican has said that he will undergo trial here. So it was an embarrassing moment for the Vatican, particularly just coming several weeks ahead of this conference.>> Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state and number two in the Holy Sea, pledged at the start of the three-day event to seek the truth about the unnamed monsignor.
Who's being investigated by Vatican prosecutors and will stand trial in the Vatican if indicted.>> Over the past few decades, this tragic reality has come powerfully to the fore in the Catholic Church, and extremely grave facts have emerged.>> In his key note address Parolin said he wants to share the experience the church had acquired from dealing with it's own scandals concerning Priestly's sexual abuse of children going back decades.
>> Since it's come out into the open, in the year 2000, 2001, a lot of measures have been taken around the world to protect children in parishes. So a lot of study has gone into that, they've learned a lot. And now they're at a point where they feel that they have a lot of information to share about warning signs and things like that, in order to protect children from predators.
The summit as told that 18 million children suffer sexual abuse in Europe, and that there were more than 57,000 web pages containing child sexual abuse images. The findings of the conference will be presented to Pope Francis on Friday.