Pope talks about sex abuse for the first time
December 3 , 2013
Pope Francis directly mentioned problems that Catholic Church faces regarding sexual abuse. He encouraged bishops from the Netherlands to help victims heal.
Although the Catholic News Service mentioned that it's only his most direct reference to the issue, the National Catholic Reporter said it's the first time that the pontiff has even addressed sexual abuse.
He also said he'd like to pay for the victims as well as their families.
It was a busy day for Francis, who also met with the prime minister of Israel. The two men sat down for 25 minutes and discussed various topics including Iran's nuclear program.