The Catholic leader says the "day of reflection and prayer" will take place Nov. 19 at the Vatican's synod hall a day before he presides over an assembly to appoint 24 new cardinals, the Catholic News Service reported Monday.
The pontiff's agenda begins with a morning discussion led by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, on religious freedom in the world followed by a talk on "Liturgy in the life of the church today."
The afternoon session will include hear Cardinal William J. Levada's address: "The response of the church to cases of clerical sex abuse."
Benedict has urged the church to undergo penitence, humility and "sincerity" to restore trust, the news service said.
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