>> A rare mia culpa from the head of the Catholic church. Pope Francis, on his flight home from a week long trip to south America, apologized to victims of sexual abuse. Acknowledging he wounded many with his choice of words and tone. When defending a Chilean priest accused of protecting a notorious pedophile.
>> The scandal has sparked widespread violence in Chile. Protestors took to the streets ahead of the Pope's visit with at least eight churches burned. The Pope said Barros will remain in place until evidence is found against him.
Chilean bishop Juan Barros allegedly covered up the actions of his mentor Reverend Fernando Karadima. Who was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011 of abusing teenage boys over many years. Karadima denies the allegations. And Barros says he was unaware of any wrongdoing. When asked Thursday by a reporter about Barros.
The Pope snipped, quote, there is not a single piece of evidence against him. It is all slander. Is that clear? His comments, seen by many as trying to dismiss the credibility of accusers, were widely criticized. Even a key papal advisor, Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, said the Pope had caused, qoute, great pain.