The Shame of Ireland
A report into the Vatican's treatment of children will be presented to the United Nations this autumn - 14 years later than originally planned.
The Holy See was supposed to submit a progress report on the Rights of the Child in 1997, but never did so nor explained why.
Its Geneva envoy Archbishop Silvano Tomasi has now said the report will be published in September or October.
But it is unclear whether it will explain the Vatican's role in the cover-up of child abuse committed by Catholic clergy.
It comes in the same week it was revealed Catholics bishops will be given information on the best ways to combat child sex abuse in the church.
Archbishop Tomasi, who told reporters last year the report's release was imminent, said: 'From what I'm able to say it's that in September or October it will be presented.
'Imminent, in the tradition of the Church, it's a very long time.'
It is not clear whether the report will explain the Vatican's role covering up child abuse committed by Catholic clergy.
Roy Brown, of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a secular group that frequently criticizes the Vatican at the UN, said: 'We've been waiting for this report for a very long time.
'It will be interesting to see if they come clean on this in September.'
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