Pope Francis comes to aid of policeman after horse mishap

Pope Francis comes to aid of policeman after horse mishap

The flight attendants are Paula Podest and Carlos Ciufardi.

The crew of Chile's flagship carrier was gathering in the first-class section for the usual photo with the pope when flight attendants Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi revealed that they were a married couple.

Bishop Juan Barros waves has he leaves the alter after Mass was celebrated by Pope Francis on Lobito Beach in Iquique, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

"Then right before leaving, Francis turns around and says: 'By the way, I don't think Barros is guilty". "All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too".

And as they walked back said that the Pope married them in a religious ceremony.

"The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I'll speak", Francis told a reporter.

A spokesman for the Vatican said the marriage was not planned, but when the Pope heard the couple's story, he asked: "Do you want me to marry you?"

Anne Barrett Doyle, of the online database BishopAccountability.org, said it was "sad and wrong" for the pope to discredit the victims since "the burden of proof here rests with the church, not the victims - and especially not with victims whose veracity has already been affirmed".

"I am still his boss", she said. In it, the agency said, Francis acknowledged the controversy around Barros and referred to a previous plan to ask for Barros' resignation.

Ahead of the pope's visit, the US-based NGO Bishop Accountability said nearly 80 members of the Roman Catholic clergy had been accused of sexually abusing children in Chile since 2000. The Vatican said the rider remained conscious "and received some words of consolation from the Holy Father".

The pope "waited several minutes on the pavement, at times talking to the woman, until an ambulance arrived to take her away", Reuters reports.

It was the second such incident in recent months.

Francis has insisted on using minimally covered popemobiles on his foreign visits so he can be close to his flock.

Earlier in the trip, Francis was hit in the head with a flying object that someone in the crowd had thrown toward him.

Prodded by journalists, Pope Francis reiterated his support for bishop Juan Barros who he appointed in 2015 although he stands accused of covering up another priest's abuse of boys.

According to a January 31, 2015, letter obtained by AP from Francis to the executive committee of the Chilean bishops' conference, the plan fell apart and Barros was sent to Osorno.

Patricio Navia, political science professor at Diego Portales University in Santiago, said the comment will likely erase any good will the pope had won over the issue.

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