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‘This is calumny’: Pope Francis defends Bishop Barros against charges he knew of sexual abuse

January 19, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: In response to journalists’ questions on January 18, the Pope said that “the day they bring me proof against the bishop, then I will speak. There is not a single proof against him. This [is] calumny! Is that clear?” The Associated Press reported last week that the Pope knew his 2015 choice of Barros to lead the Diocese of Osorno would spark controversy.

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