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Pope Francis thanked journalists on Saturday for exposing sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church tried to cover up, Reuters reports.

What he's saying: "[I] 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 abuse victims," Francis said at a ceremony honoring two reporters who cover the Vatican, per Reuters.

  • Francis said journalists had a mission "to explain the world, to make it less obscure."
  • He added that reporters needed to "escape the tyranny" of always being online. "Not everything can be told through email, the phone, or a screen," Francis said.

Context: Initial reports of sexual abuse within the Church appeared in 2002, when the Boston Globe wrote a series of articles exposing a pattern of clergy abuse.

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U.S. bishops slated to debate whether Biden should receive communion

Pope Francis meets President Biden at the Apostolic Palace on Oct. 29 in the Vatican. Photo: Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week is expected to debate whether President Biden's support for abortion rights should disqualify him from receiving communion.

Driving the news: At the organization's annual general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops are slated to vote on a document, which clarifies the meaning of "Holy Communion," Reuters writes.

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Study: Teens and tweens are sharing more nude pictures

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In a trend that worries sexual abuse experts, teens and even younger children are sharing more nude pictures of themselves, often with adults, a new study has found.

Why it matters: Once shared with even one person, such images can easily be distributed further and become part of the corpus of child sexual abuse material in the dark corners of the web.

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From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

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True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.