Pope thanks media for exposing Church sex scandals

Pope Francis took a moment Saturday to thank journalists for helping to uncover the clerical sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church originally tried to cover up.

"I am grateful to you for the effort you make to tell the truth. The diversity of approaches, of style, of points of view linked to different cultures or religious affiliations is also a richness in information. I also thank you for what you tell us about what is wrong in the Church, for helping us not to sweep it under the carpet, and for the voice you have given to the victims of abuse."

The praise came at a ceremony honoring two correspondents with very long careers covering the Vatican, including Reuters' Philip Pullella.

The Pope said journalists play a crucial role to the citizens of the world.

"Your mission is to explain the world, to make it less obscure, to make those who live in it less fearful from it and to look at others with greater awareness and also with more confidence."

Pope Francis has spoken out against the Catholic Church's attempt to cover-up sex abuse scandals and has publicly apologized for his past mistakes, vowing that the Catholic Church would never again seek to cover up such wrongdoing.

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