Pope thanks journalists who exposed abuse in Church

Pope Francis has thanked journalists for exposing abuse within the Church.

“Journalism,” he said, “does not come so much by choosing a profession, as by launching oneself on a mission”.

And he urged journalists to preserve that mission of listening, going deep and storytelling.

The Pope also thanked journalists for reporting “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”.

Pope Francis’s made the comments during a ceremony honouring

Valentina Alazraki and Philip Pullella. He conferring on them the title Dame and Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pope Pius.

He told journalists gathered for the event, “the Pope loves you, follows you, esteems you and considers you precious”.

• Valentina Alazraki and Philip Pullella are pictured on either side of Pope Francis, and surrounded by journalists accredited to the Holy See.

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