The Vatican has said it will give "thorough study and examination" to a UN report that has accused the Catholic Church of failing to act on, and even covering up, child sex abuse.
The Holy See made no comment on its suggested culpability but said the Church remained committed to protecting children from abuse.
However, it accused the UN committee responsible for the report of interfering with its teachings on abortion and contraception after the report recommended a change in the approach to sexual education in Catholic schools.
More top news
President Bashar al-Assad has said western leaders' "plotting against Syria" had failed and Islamic State is now expanding in his country.
Residents of a Kent estate are furious with a housing association for charging them £400 a year to park in their own street.
Paid parental leave is to be extended to working grandparents under plans announced by George Osborne.