Pope Francis leads the Ash Wednesday procession and mass at Santa Sabina Church. Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images

Pope Francis on Saturday revived a sex abuse advisory commission that had lapsed into dormancy, the AP reports, amid mounting criticism over his support for a Chilean bishop accused of witnessing sexual abuses and ignored them. The initial three-year mandate of the commission ended in December, per the AP.

Why it matters: The controversy in Chile is making life difficult for the first South American pope. The announcement of new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came the same day when a Vatican sex-crimes expert was in New York at Francis' request to speak with one of the main whistleblowers in the Chilean cover-up scandal.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 11,514,395 — Total deaths: 535,453 — Total recoveries — 6,223,819Map.
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  4. States: Cuomo accuses Trump of "enabling" the coronavirus surge — West Virginia becomes latest state to mandate facial coverings.
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Amy Cooper charged for calling police on Black bird-watcher in Central Park

A white woman who called 911 to accuse a Black man of threatening her life in Central Park in March faces misdemeanor charges for making a false report, the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced Monday.

The big picture: The May 25 incident, which was caught on film, was one of several viral episodes that helped catalyze massive Black Lives Matter protests against the police killings of Black people in the U.S.

McEnany defends Trump's tweet about Bubba Wallace and Confederate flag

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press briefing Monday that President Trump "was not making a judgment one way or the other" about NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag and that his attack on Bubba Wallace was an attempt to stand up for NASCAR fans who are unfairly painted as racist.

The state of play: McEnany was repeatedly grilled by reporters over the president's inflammatory tweet, in which he demanded that NASCAR's only Black driver apologize after the FBI determined that he was not a target of a hate crime and claimed that ratings had dropped after the sport banned the Confederate flag at its events.