Pope Francis speaks about sex abuse scandals, Trump, and his conservatism

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In a television interview with Mexico's Televisa, which aired on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke about the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals, the future of the church, and global politics. Here are three key moments from the pope's exchange with Televisa.

In the dark — For the first time since he was accused eight months ago, Francis spoke openly about Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's assertion that the pope knew about allegations of sexual misconduct made against recently defrocked, former-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who formerly served as the Archbishop of Washington. Viganò, the former nuncio to the United States, says he told Francis about the allegations in a private meeting in 2013, but Francis never acted on the knowledge. Francis told Televisa he knew nothing about McCarrick's misdeeds. "I would not have remained silent," the pope said.

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