Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press

Pope Francis, flanked by father Mauricio Rueda, delegate for the organization of the papal journeys, right, and Greg Burke, spokesman of the Vatican, talks with journalists during his flight from Lima, Peru, to Rome, Sunday.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof” to be believed, saying he realized it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never intended.