Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

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Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis touches his forehead as he talks with journalists during his flight from Lima, Peru, to Rome, Sunday.
Demonstrators protest against the Catholic church and the visit of Pope Francis as they hold a banner that reads in Spanish “Neither leftists nor fools. Bishop Barros accessory to Karadima. Osorno suffers.” in Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 15.

Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis touches his forehead as he talks with journalists during his flight from Lima, Peru, to Rome, Sunday.
Demonstrators protest against the Catholic church and the visit of Pope Francis as they hold a banner that reads in Spanish “Neither leftists nor fools. Bishop Barros accessory to Karadima. Osorno suffers.” in Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 15.

Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Osornos Bishop Juan Barros smiles as he leaves the altar after Mass was celebrated by Pope Francis on Lobito Beach in Iquique, Chile, on Thursday. Many Chileans are furious over Francis’ 2015 decision to appoint Barros, a bishop close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who the Vatican found guilty in 2011 of abusing dozens of minors over decades. Barros has always denied he knew what Karadima was doing when he was the priest’s protege, a position that many Chileans have a hard time believing.

Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis, flanked by father Mauricio Rueda, delegate for the organization of the papal journeys, right, and Greg Burke, spokesman of the Vatican, talks with journalists during his flight from Lima, Peru, to Rome, Sunday.
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