Pope Francis answers journalists during a press conference on board of the plane on his flyback of a seven days trip to Chile and Peru, on January 22, 2018. / AFP / Vincenzo PINTO
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Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show "proof" to be believed, saying he realized it was a "slap in the face" to victims that he never intended.But he doubled down on defending a Chilean bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest, and he repeated that anyone who makes such accusations without providing evidence is guilty of slander.The victims have said for years that Barros, one of Karadima's proteges, witnessed the abuse and did nothing to stop it. Barros has denied the accusations.Francis acknowledged that he misspoke when he said he needed to see "proof" to believe the accusations, saying it was a legal term that he didn't intend.The spokesman for a group of Osorno Catholics opposed to Barros, Juan Carlos Claret, said the pope still didn't get it.
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