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Chile bishop tapped by Pope Francis is ordained amid protests over alleged sex abuse cover-up

  • Protestors, background left, shout as Rev. Juan Barros, center left,  enters the cathedral for the ceremony to assume as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile, Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Barros was ordained amid protests by sex-abuse victims who accuse him of covering up crimes his mentor  Rev. Fernando Karadima  whom the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.(AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE

    Protestors, background left, shout as Rev. Juan Barros, center left, enters the cathedral for the ceremony to assume as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Barros was ordained amid protests by sex-abuse victims who accuse him of covering up crimes his mentor Rev. Fernando Karadima whom the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.(AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

  • Rev. Juan Barros, center, stands as he attends his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile, Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Barros was ordained amid protests by sex-abuse victims who accuse him of covering up crimes committed by his mentor  Rev. Fernando Karadima  whom the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.(AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE

    Rev. Juan Barros, center, stands as he attends his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Barros was ordained amid protests by sex-abuse victims who accuse him of covering up crimes committed by his mentor Rev. Fernando Karadima whom the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.(AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter of Rev. Juan Barros, right, tries to restrain protestors as Barros, not seen,  enters the cathedral for his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, Chile, Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Barros was ordained amid protests of people that accuse him of covering up sexual abuse committed by his mentor  Rev. Fernando Karadima in the 1980s and '90s.(AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) -  CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE

    A supporter of Rev. Juan Barros, right, tries to restrain protestors as Barros, not seen, enters the cathedral for his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, Chile, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Barros was ordained amid protests of people that accuse him of covering up sexual abuse committed by his mentor Rev. Fernando Karadima in the 1980s and '90s.(AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) - CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

A bishop is being ordained in southern Chile amid protests by sex-abuse victims who accuse him of covering up crimes of a mentor whom the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.

Pope Francis chose the 58-year-old Rev. Juan Barros as bishop of the southern city of Osorno. Hundreds of churchgoers dressed in the black of mourning were protesting outside Osorno's cathedral, which is being heavily guarded by riot police.

Top leaders of Chile's Catholic Church were absent, saying they had previous engagements.

Abuse victims accuse Barros of covering up sexual abuse committed by the Rev. Fernando Karadima in the 1980s and '90s. Barrios denies the allegations.