On April 5, Pope Francis received Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Germany, who serves as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A communique released by the Vatican declared that the pontiff asked that the Congregation must act decisively on cases of sexual abuse.
Following guidelines set by Pope Benedict, the protection of minors is paramount, as well as in offering assistance to those who have suffered abuse. The pope asked for proceedings to be carried out gainst those guilty of abuse, while calling for a commitment by the various bishops' conferences "to formulate and implement the necessary directives in this area that is so important for the Church's witness and credibility."
The Pope gave assurances that the victims of abuse are ever present in his prayers for those people are suffering.