Francis' action comes after a storm of criticism over his handling of a scandal involving a Chilean bishop. None of the original commission's most outspoken lay advocates for victims will be back.
Francis said in January that no victim had come forward, but Cardinal Sean O'Malley assured abuse survivors in 2015 that he had presented the evidence to the pontiff, The Associated Press reports.
Francis, visiting Peru, says Latin America has become the most violent place on earth for women. The pontiff demands new laws and cultural change.
The pontiff headed to an area Wednesday used as a detention and torture facility during the country’s bloody military dictatorship.
The world now stands "at the very limit," said the leader of the Catholic Church. "I am really afraid of this.”
Francis calls for overcoming fears that new arrivals might “disturb the established order” of local communities.
The pontiff uses his annual foreign policy address to demand that political leaders put the dignity of their people before war, profit or power.
In his Epiphany remarks, the pontiff advises people to resist “inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches.”
The disgraced former archbishop of Boston was 86. “I hope the gates of hell are swinging wide to allow him entrance,” declares a woman who says she was sexually abused as a child.