> Pope Francis has called for an unprecedented global meeting of senior Catholic bishops in February to discuss sexual abuse. It's his latest attempt to come to grips with an escalating crisis. Following scandals involving the clergy in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Germany, among other countries.
The announcement came at the end of a three-day meeting of the C9, a group of nine Cardinals from around the world who meet four times a year to advise the pope. On Wednesday, Der Spiegel magazine reported that a study commissioned by the German Bishops Conference had revealed. That 1,670 clerics and priests had sexually abused more than 3,600 minors in Germany over a 70-year period.
>> The grand jury concluded->> Last month, a grand jury in the US found that 301 priests in the State of Pennsylvania had sexually abused minors over a similar period. Pope Francis is due to meet church leaders in the US on Thursday to discuss that report. As well as a scandal involving a former American cardinal that has led to calls for the pontiff himself to step down.