Pope Francis has apologized for remarks he made last week in Chile defending a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. Barros has claimed to be innocent, and Francis has been a staunch defender. Figari's victims have criticized the Vatican for its years of inaction and for eventually sanctioning him with what they consider a "golden exile" - retirement in Italy at a retreat house, albeit separated from the community he founded. Barros has denied the accusations, and Francis backed him by saying the victims' claims were "all calumny". He repeatedly referred to the importance of the earth, calling it "our common home", as he did in the encyclical "Laudato Si'".
He said Barros would remain in his place unless credible evidence is found against him. "They were prepared, and if the priest said they are prepared and I decided that they were prepared, the sacraments are for the people, all the conditions [were met], that is clear".
Contributing to this story was Junno Arocho Esteves in Santiago.
O'Malley's statement called the Pope's remarks a "source of great pain" for abuse survivors.
"Pope Francis fully recognizes the egregious failures of the Church and it's clergy who abused children and the devastating impact those crimes have had on survivors and their loved ones".
Various countries, including Peru, are also reeling from revelations of corruption, especially multimillion-dollar bribes and kickbacks from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. "It was a nice chat". (CNS photos/Paul Haring)Nuns wait for Pope Francis' arrival for mid-morning prayer with contemplative nuns at the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles in Lima on Jan. 21.
By many accounts, O'Malley handled that responsibility admirably.
The Catholic Church has been hit by a number of sex-abuse scandals across the world over the past decades and has increasingly faced allegations that it is not doing enough to bring perpetrators to justice, or even actively hindering legal investigations.
"In the typical Chilean family, parents [now] think twice before sending their kids to Catholic school, because you never know what is going to happen", Patricio Navia, a political science professor at Diego Portales University in Santiago, told the AP.
But O'Malley was not alone.
"Someone told me I was crazy to do something like that", he joked.
The inmates have been preparing for the papal visit for months.
On Jan. 18, he arrived in Peru, where he celebrated Mass in Lima and traveled to the northern coastal city of Trujillo, which suffered disastrous flooding a year ago, and Puerto Maldonado, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.
However, given the controversy, the Pope realized that he might have made a mistake with his previous declarations. Failed to speak up on abuses by Maduro regime in Venezuela; 3.
A boy presents a hat to the pope on his arrival at the international airport in Trujillo..
"This is the answer", he said.
But other significant issues are looming. And during this year, the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, some predict debate on the encyclical's interpretation.
The pope is still protecting the institution instead of the victims.
He also repeated his belief that Barros was not guilty, saying he had rejected two offers by the bishop to resign.
He added: "I apologise to them if I hurt them without realising it, but it was a wound that I inflicted without meaning to". Those couples would say "the pope did it, why can't you?" one commentator wrote.