The Commission

Cardinal Seán O’MALLEY

United States

Archbishop of Boston, President of the Commission, member of the Council of Cardinals that advises Pope Francis.

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., was professed as a Capuchin Franciscan in 1965 and ordained a priest in 1970. He earned a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature from The Catholic University of America, where he taught from 1969 to 1973.

Cardinal O’Malley founded Centro Catolico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center), an organization that assists immigrants. He was named bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1985, of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., in 1992, of Palm Beach, Fla. in 2002 and Archbishop of Boston in 2003. He was created a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in March, 2006.

Cardinal O’Malley serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Pro-Life Activities, the Subcommittee for the Church in Africa and the Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America. Also, Cardinal O’Malley is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. In 2010, Pope Benedict appointed Cardinal O’Malley as Apostolic Visitator for the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal O’Malley to the Council of Cardinals in 2013, nominated him

President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014, and nominated him Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2017. Cardinal O’Malley was elected Chairman of the Papal Foundation in 2018.

Cardinal ‘O Malley on CIC Book VI amendments

Cardinal ‘O Malley on CIC Book VI amendments

The President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has welcomed the Holy Father’s recent amendments to the Code of Canon Law.   On June 1st Pope Francis promulgated the apostolic constitution Pascite gregem Dei, “Shepherd God's flock.”...

Cardinal Parolin: reaffirmS the dignity of Our Smallest ones

Cardinal Parolin: reaffirmS the dignity of Our Smallest ones

The Vatican Secretary of State sent a message during the meeting promoted by our Safeguarding Partner Telefono Azzurro that focused on the theme “Dignity of children and adolescents at the time of Covid”. The Cardinal stressed the need for “a more incisive approach in the education of our younger generations.”

May 5: Fighting Child Abuse on and offline

May 5: Fighting Child Abuse on and offline

“Governments, the non-profit sector, institutions, academia and civil society should join efforts and commit to protecting the dignity of children and adolescents worldwide.”

Cardinal O’ Malley in Conversation with Spirit Fire Survivors

Cardinal O’ Malley in Conversation with Spirit Fire Survivors

“It takes a conversation of mutual regard in relative safety to really confront the depth of the evil of child sexual abuse,” - Teresa Pitt Green. The Spirit Fire Survivors Fellowship is taking its ministry of healing global in an effort to promote the creation of...

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