Pope Francis delivers his speech to the faithful from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus prayer, April 22, 2018 in Vatican. (AFP / Andreas SOLARO)
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A Chilean man who was sexually abused by a priest as a boy will urge Pope Francis to sack "toxic" bishops who covered up the assaults, he said Tuesday ahead of a face-to-face meeting with the leader of the Catholic Church.Cruz and two other victims, Jimmy Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, are each due to spend several hours with the pope on a visit that follows an extraordinary April 11 letter in which Francis acknowledged he had made "grave mistakes" in handling the sexual abuse crisis in Chile.Cruz and other victims have accused Bishop Juan Barros of the diocese of Osorno of having witnessed the abuse by Karadima, who was Barros' mentor in Santiago.Barros and other bishops were put under the spotlight in January when the pope sent one of the Vatican's most experienced sexual abuse investigators, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, to New York and Chile to talk to victims and bishops.
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