Dismissive Words on Abuse Scandal Cast Pall Over Pope’s Trip

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Pope Francis compared gossiping nuns to terrorists during his latest South American tour stop in Lima on Sunday.

Francis also said that gossiping nuns were worse than the “terrorists of Ayacucho,” again drawing laughter.

And one more time: Francis identifies ‘gossip nuns’ as ‘terrorists’: https://t.co/xvNDAEVWvB Why his obsession with fighting gossip?

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LIMA (Reuters) – Pope Francis celebrated an open air Mass for more than 1 million people on Sunday, ending a trip to Chile and Peru marked by tough talk on political corruption but a backlash over what many see as his insufficient resolve to tackle sexual abuse in the Church.

In the final hours of his six-day visit to the two nations, Francis warned in improvised remarks that Latin America was in a deep crisis from corruption scandals, with politics in most countries “more sick than well.”

The Catholic Church’s record on sexual abuse loomed large in both countries, but mostly in Chile, where Francis sparked outrage by saying criticism of a bishop he appointed who is accused of protecting a pedophile was “all slander.”

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