The Vatican has been at the center of controversy for the last few years for allegations of sexual assault perpetrated by priests and high ranking officials.
In recent months, more and more nuns and women are coming forward to expose the abuse that is happening in the Catholic Church.
NPR: "Pope Francis Acknowledges, For First Time, Sexual Abuse Of Nuns By Priests" - "Pope Francis, for the first time, acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops, including a case in which some clergy used women as sex slaves".
The Pope's comments, which came during a news conference aboard the papal plane on a return flight to Rome from the United Arab Emirates, come as the Catholic Church is dealing with sexual abuse scandals on several continents.
Francis said some priests have already been suspended and charges are being handled on a case-by-case basis.
"It's not that everyone does this, but there have been priests and bishops who have", he explained, adding, "it's not as though the moment you become aware of something it goes away".
"We have been working on this for a long time".
"Must we do more? Yes!" Is there the will? Yes.
An article written by Lucetta Scaraffia in February's edition of Women Church World, a women's magazine of the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romono, entitled "Without any touching", argues that such abuse has remained hidden within the Catholic Church, due to the "amgibuious" role of women.
After the cardinal became pope, he reopened the investigation and dissolved the order, Pope Francis said.
The celebration of the late pope is 29th May on the General Roman Calendar, the universal schedule of holy days and feast days for the Latin rite of the Catholic Church.
"It's a path that we've been on. Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a female congregation which was at a certain level, because this slavery of women had entered it - slavery, even to the point of sexual slavery - on the part of clerics or the founder", Francis said according to MSN News.
A spokesman confirmed that the order to which Francis referred was the Community of St. Jean in France.
"There are cases, usually in new congregations and in some regions more than others. It said "we are three women, with two little girls" and spoke of their fathers sorrow for their crime, saying they have "learned their lesson and have deep regrets".
In a separate case in India a year ago, a bishop was arrested over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. The bishop, Franco Mulakkal, was subsequently arrested and faces prosecution.
It said the Vatican received reports of priests abusing nuns in Africa in the 1990s.