The 2,500-page document prepared by an independent commission comes as the Catholic Church in France, like in other countries, seeks to face up to shameful secrets that were long covered up.
The estimate was given by the commission president, Jean-Marc Sauvé, in an interview published Sunday in the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.
Pope Francis, and before him Benedict XVI, have denounced what they called the Catholic church hierarchy's misplaced concern for the church's reputation over the needs of victims.
Rev Dr Jacob Mar Barnabas, metropolitan of Gurgaon-Delhi diocese of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, passed away in Delhi on Thursday.
Nine suicide bombers, belonging to ISIS-linked National Thawheed Jamaat, carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 270 people
Sri Lanka's Catholic church asks for action against former leaders for failing to prevent Easter terror attack
The church stressed that it had been five months since the inquiry report came out, yet no action had been taken against former president Maithripala Sirisena.
The Catholic Church in Kerala mourned Jesuit priest, Fr Stan Swamy on Monday.
Canada has been convulsed by the discovery of the remains at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.
This may put an end to the claim of the Knanaya Catholics that they belong to an endogamous ethnic group.
The help desk functions 24x7, catering to the needs of patients around the clock.
10% voters decide on whom to vote in last week of campaigning. Half of them decide 48 hrs before polls
Pinarayi who was in the district as part of electioneering on Thursday, had criticised the pastoral letter, saying the diocese was attacking the government on behalf of the opposition parties.
The bishop demanded that any policies taken to destroy the traditional fisheries sector in the name of tourism and development should be opposed by the government.
Peeved at League for opposing 10% job & edu quota, the Church, which once led the movement to topple EMS govt, is now warming up to LDF
Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal case: Leaked phone talk reveals Cardinal George Alencherry knew nun’s plight
Cardinal Alencherry had earlier maintained he was unaware of the rape complaint against the Bishop and the nun had only told him about some issues in her diocese.