Pope thanks journalists for helping expose sex crimes in the Catholic Church

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Pope Francis thanked journalists this Saturday (13) for helping to uncover the clergy sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church initially tried to cover up.

The pope praised what he called the “mission of journalism” and said it was vital that reporters step outside their newsrooms and find out what is happening in the outside world to stem the misinformation often found online.

“Thank you for what you tell us about what’s wrong with the Church, for helping us not to hide it under the rug, and for the voice you’ve given victims of abuse,” the pope said.

Francisco spoke at a ceremony to honor two veteran correspondents — Philip Pullella of Reuters and Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa — for their long careers covering the Vatican.

The sexual abuse scandals hit the headlines in 2002, when The Boston Globe wrote a series of articles exposing a pattern of clergy abuse of minors and a pervasive culture of concealing this type of action within the Church.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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