Ireland's bishops have all been summoned to the Vatican for discussions on the clerical child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Irish Catholic church.
Senior Catholic sources said today the pope had summoned them to a meeting in Rome on 15 and 16 February.
Senior Catholic church sources confirmed a story in the Irish Catholic newspaper about a meeting to debate the Ryan and Murphy reports into widespread clerical child abuse across the republic.
Irish bishops said they received the Vatican's invitations yesterday. READ MORE