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“I rely on the members of this Commission for the effective protection of minors and vulnerable adults, regardless of religion they profess, because they are the little ones on whom the Lord looks with love. To my collaborators in this work, I ask for all efforts possible to assist me in responding to these needs of these little ones”.

Pope Francis, Chirograph, 22 March 2014

Cardinal Sean O’MALLEY, O.F.M. Cap.

( United States )

Archbishop of Boston and serves as the President of the Commission and as a member of the Council of Cardinals which advises His Holiness, Pope Francis...

Bishop Luis Manuel ALI HERRERA

( Colombia )

Vicar General of the Center of Communion and Participation of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, in charge of the religious communities, lay movements...

Sr. Jane BERTELSEN, F.M.D.M.

( England )

Congregational Leader, Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood. The Congregation’s Franciscan Mission is one of presence and to serve wherever the need is at the time...

Prof. Ernesto CAFFO

( Italy )

Full Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). President and founder of S.O.S Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus and President of Foundation Child. Member of...

Dr. Gabriel DY-LYACCO

( Philippines )

Adult and adolescent psychotherapist and pastoral counsellor for various mental health concerns including of individuals, couples, families and groups, including victims and perpetrators of abuse...

Sinalelea FE'AO

( Tonga )

Chief Education Officer, working in the Catholic Education Office as coordinator of the Religious Education Curriculum and Counselling Services for all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Tonga and Niue.

Nelson GIOVANELLI

( Brazil )

Expert in the rehabilitation of youth from drug addiction and abuse. In 1983, together with Father Hans Stapel OFM, he founded the Fazenda da Esperança center, in the city of Guarantiguetà...

Sr. Arina GONSALVES, RJM

( India )

Vice Provincial of the Religious of Jesus and Mary Mary (Province of Pune & India). BA in Sociology, B Ed., L.L.B, MA. Expert in educational systems, pedagogy and civil law. Certified counsellor.

Teresa Morris KETTELKAMP

( United States )

Former Colonel with Illinois State Police. Expert in policies and guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. Former Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.

Sr. Kayula LESA, RSC

( Zambia )

Religious Sister of Charity (RSC); Development Professional. BA inEducation from the University of Zambia (UN.ZA.) and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (S.O.A.S.), University of London.

Sr. Hermenegild MAKORO, CPS

( South Africa )

Member of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Diocese of Mthatha in South Africa. Secretary General of the Southern African Episcopal Conference.

Prof. Benyam Dawit MEZMUR

( Ethiopia )

Prof. Mezmur is both an academician and a practitioner, and is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the Dullah Omar Institute (named after its founder, the first Minister ...

Mons. Robert OLIVER

( United States )

Secretary of the Commission, following many years in child protection work for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

Hon. Neville OWEN

( Australia )

Former senior judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Has chaired the Truth Justice and Healing Council, created by the Australian Catholic Church...

Prof. Hanna SUCHOCKA

( Poland )

Professor of Constitutional Law and specialist in human rights at the University of Poznan. Foremr Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See.

Prof. Myriam WIJLENS

( Netherland / Germany )

Myriam Wijlens obtained a licenciate in Catholic Theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 1986. Subsequently she studied canon law at Saint Paul University...

Rev. Hans ZOLLNER, SJ

( Germany )

President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University and Director and Professor of the Institute of Psychology.

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The original membership guided the Commission through its first three years ad experimentum. They also laid the foundations for the future vision of the Commission's work.

The founding members are:

Cardinal Sean O’MALLEY, O.F.M. Cap.

( United States )

Archbishop of Boston and serves as the President of the Commission and as a member of the Council of Cardinals which advises His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Bishop Luis Manuel ALI HERRERA

( Colombia )

Vicar General of the Center of Communion and Participation of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, in charge of the religious communities, lay movements and the initial and ongoing formation of the diocesan priests.

Dr. Catherine BONNET

( France )

Consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, and a psychotherapist in psychoanalysis in France (1974-2002) and in the UK (2004-2007). She was a researcher on perinatal violence and ...

Marie COLLINS

( Ireland )

Survivor of child sexual abuse. A founder Trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation she served on the committee that drafted the Catholic Church’s all-Ireland child protection policy, “Our Children Our Church”.

Dr. Gabriel DY-LYACCO

( Philippines )

Adult and adolescent psychotherapist and pastoral counsellor for various mental health concerns including of individuals, couples, families and groups, including victims and perpetrators of abuse.

Prof. Sheila Baroness HOLLINS

( England )

Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, Chair of British Medical Association Board of Science, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Executive Chair of Beyond Words and mother of four.

Bill KILGALLON

( New Zealand )

Director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand.

Sr. Kayula LESA, RSC

( Zambia )

Religious Sister of Charity (RSC); is a Development Professional. She holds a BA with Education from the University of Zambia (UN.ZA.) and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from...

Sr. Hermenegild MAKORO, CPS

( South Africa )

Member of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Diocese of Mthatha in South Africa.

Kathleen MC CORMACK

( Australia )

Director of Welfare of CatholicCare in the Diocese of Wollongong for 29 years, in which time she dedicated herself to the development and delivery of social services for families, children...

Mons. Robert W. OLIVER

( United States )

Secretary of the Commission, following many years in child protection work for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Prof. Claudio PAPALE

( Italy )

Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical Urban University.

Peter SAUNDERS

( England )

Survivor of child sexual abuse. Founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).

Prof.Hanna SUCHOCKA

( Poland )

Professor of constitutional law and specialist in human rights at the University of Poznan, was Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See.

Dr. Krysten WINTER-GREEN

( New Zealand )

New Zealander currently living in the U.S.A. who retains a private practice specializing in pediatric AIDS, in addition to child sexual abuse with a concentration in forensics, diagnostic assessment and treatment with a target population of priest/clergy offenders.

Rev. Humberto Miguel YÁÑEZ, SJ

( Argentina )

Director of the Department of Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Professor of Moral Theology at the Gregorian and the Pontifical University "Urbaniana", and former Director of the Center of Research and Social Action In Argentina.

Rev. Hans ZOLLNER, SJ

( Germany )

President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University and Director and Professor of the Institute of Psychology.

WHO WE ARE

HISTORY

HISTORY

The idea of a Commission of experts to act as an advisory body to the Holy Father for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults was first proposed  by the...

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MEMBERS

MEMBERS

“I rely on the members of this Commission for the effective protection of minors and vulnerable adults, regardless of religion they profess, because they are the little...

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OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

“The Commission’s specific task is to propose to me the most opportune initiatives for protecting minors and vulnerable adults, in order that we may do everything...

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