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01st Mar 2016

Vatican Newspaper Has Praised ‘Spotlight’ For Telling The Stories Of Church Abuse Victims

Ellen Tannam

The Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano have made some interesting statements about the winner of Best Picture, Spotlight in two articles printed yesterday.

The film, starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton deals with the Boston Globe’s investigative journalism team (Spotlight), and how they uncovered decades of clerical abuse in Boston as well as around the world in 2002 following a long period of investigation.

The story of the Pulitzer prize-winning team has garnered praise from many critics, and now it looks like the Vatican media approves of the film as well, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The newspaper praised the film as having given voice to the ‘profound’ pain endured by the victims of clerical abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.

L’Osservatore quoted the film producer Michael Sugar’s acceptance speech — “Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith” — saying even that was positive.

In an opinion piece, the paper said the producer’s appeal showed there was still faith in the Catholic church to protect children.

Lead Image via NPR