In its first three years the Commission participated in over 150 educational events on all six continents and in the Holy See to raise awareness of the impact of the sexual abuse of minors and to help local churches establish policies to prevent it. Receiving the founding members in audience in September 2017, Pope Francis said:
“The Church is called to be a place of piety and compassion, especially for those who have suffered. For all of us, the Catholic Church remains a field hospital that accompanies us on our spiritual journey. It is the place where we can sit with others, listen to them and share with them our struggles and our faith in the good news of Jesus Christ. I am fully confident that the Commission will continue to be a place where we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance”.
Pope Francis, September 21, 2017