>> He'd only just touched down in Maquehue on Thursday when Pope Francis was asked the question many Catholics in Chile have been asking among themselves. What does he intend to do about Bishop Juan Barros, who's accused of a cover-up in Chile's child sex abuse scandal? His answer came as a shock to many.
> The Pope appointed Bishop Barros in 2015 to head the small diocese of Osorno in south-central Chile, this despite the allegations against him. Barros is accused of protecting his former mentor, Father Fernando Karadima. Who was found guilty in a Vatican investigation in 2011 of abusing teenage boys over many years, going back to the 1980s.
Karadima has denied the allegations. Barros says he was unaware of any wrongdoing. And while the Pope has apologized to victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chille. For many Catholics his defense of Bishop Barros only serves to keep the scandal alive.