He also announced a "zero tolerance" policy for members of the clergy who commit over cover up abuse.
"[Sex abuse] is an extremely serious problem...that will last the rest of one's life," the pope said.
Pope Francis, who said he would speak with six victims from Germany, the U.K. and Ireland, has yet to meet with any sex abuse victims since he was elected in 2013.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]
U.S., allies launch airstrikes against Syria