The study expanded the church’s global crisis.
The breakthrough follows contentious negotiations on the management of Catholic leadership in the communist country.
The February meeting at the Vatican is believed to be the first of its kind.
Some Catholics have criticized him for what they describe as an insufficient response to the sexual abuse crisis.
The events of last week highlight the impact of having two living popes.
Some traditionalists blame homosexuality for the sexual abuse crisis.
In an 11-page letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said that the former archbishop of Washington had been privately sanctioned under Pope Benedict XVI for his alleged sexual misconduct
The pontiff’s two-day trip, which began Saturday, is the first papal visit to Ireland in 39 years. The abuse scandals have sharply diminished the Vatican’s once-towering authority.
Four decades ago, Pope John Paul II toured Ireland to huge acclaim. Today, Francis faces a nation deeply battered by the church’s abuse crises.
A 650-foot section of a highway bridge crumpled in an instant during torrential rains. Even as emergency crews counted the death, questions began about whether spotty maintenance played a role.