Pope Francis attends a meeting with bishops at the Archiepiscopal Palace in Lima, on January 21, 2018.
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Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Peru Sunday by meeting with bishops and nuns, but controversy over his accusations that Chilean sex abuse victims slandered a bishop cast a shadow over what has become the most contested and violent trip of his papacy.The message was a reference to Francis' Jan. 18 comments in Iquique, Chile, that there was not "one shred of proof" that bishop Juan Barros knew of Chilean pedophile priest Rev. Fernando Karadima's abuse – Chile's most notorious pedophile priest – and did nothing to stop it.As Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski sat beside him, the pope said that tackling corruption required "a greater culture of transparency among public entities, the private sector and civil society – and I don't exclude Church communities," in some of his most direct words on the issue yet.During his seven-day trip in Chile and Peru, Francis personally apologized to survivors of priests who sexually abused them, traveled into the Amazon to meet indigenous leaders and decried corruption and violence against women in Latin America.
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