Pope Francis has ordered bishops from all over the world to attend a summit on the historic child sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church.
The meeting which will be the first of its kind will be held in February and the Vatican hope that leading bishops from across the globe will attend in order to address the ongong problem.
The move has been seen as a key step in terms of the church as it has previously decided not to acknowledge the ongoing abuse scandals within the church.
It is expected that Pope Francis will hold discussions with fellow members of the clergy in attempt to put an end the ongoing abuse and cover up scandals which have been reported across the globe.
The move also comes after Pope Francis came under increased pressure in recent months despite a number of public apologies to victims involved in the scandals.
Just last month Pope Francis told those attending the world meeting of families that he was ashamed and saddened by the historic abuse within the church.
He also said that victims of the abuse were let down by those responsible for looking after them and that the church committed repellent crimes.