Vatican defends appointing Chilean bishop accused of hiding abuse

March 31, 2015 2:43 PM

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse.

Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the city's cathedral.

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