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Pope Francis has issued an apology to victims of clerical sex abuse following remarks he made when questioned by a reporter in Chile last week.

When asked his opinion of Chilean bishop, Juan Barros, who is currently under suspicion of protecting a paedophile, Pope Francis refused to contribute to the discussion in any meaningful way.

“The day I see proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk. There is not a single piece of evidence against him. It is all slander. Is that clear?" he asked the reporter.

The Pope's terse remarks were met with dismay and outrage from the public, who insisted his disregard showed contempt for those who have come forward with their own stories of clerical sex abuse.

Upon returning from his trip to Chile, Pope Francis told reporters in Rome on Sunday that he regretted the response he gave, and understood the pain it caused.

"I apologise to them if I hurt them without realising it, but it was a wound that I inflicted without meaning to," he tol the press.

“It pains me very much. I know how much abuse victims suffer in hearing the pope say to them ‘bring me a letter with the proof,’ I realise that it is a slap in their faces, and now I realise that my expression was an unfortunate one”.

Despite his apology, Pope Francis continues to defende Juan Barros.

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An earthquake has struck in South America, just off the coast of Chile, causing devastating effects.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit 7.7 magnitude and struck just 140 miles southwest of Puerto Montt today.

This has triggered a tsunami warning from the US Pacific Warning Centre, which could affect areas just over 600 miles of the earthquake's epicentre.

The Chilean Navy has also issued a tsunami alert.

People in the area are also being warned about after shocks they might face in the hours after the quake.

Such a terrible thing to happen on Christmas day.

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One Direction’s Liam Payne is definitely not happy with his new single status, as he sent some rather cryptic tweets about his ex-girlfriend yesterday.

It was speculated the 20-year-old had split with his long-term girlfriend, Sophia Smith, when he posted a message about “how lonely hotel rooms are” and lyrics to Drake’s break-up song,  Doing it Wrong, last week. Oh dear.

But it now seems Liam is regretting his split with Sophia, when he decided to send some rather sad tweets about his heartache after his concert in Chile.

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Liam met Sophia at his secondary school and they went public with their romance during his X Factor‘s audition in 2010.

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If you have yet to tick bungee jumping off your bucket list, you’re in luck.

We have found the top three holiday destinations to do one… just don’t ask us to join you.

Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland
This 220m dam is famous not just because it is the highest dam in Europe, but because it appeared in the opening to the James Bond movie GoldenEye. This bungee is aptly named the 007 Jump or GoldenEye Bungee Jump. It will set you back around €180.

Extremo Park, Monteverde, Costa Rica
It’s called Bungee Extreme, so you know it’s not for the fainthearted. It’s made from a tram that travels along a cable to a height of 143m and is fast becoming one of the highest jumps in Central America. A single bungee will cost around €45.

Pucón, Chilé
Chile’s Pucon jump has got to be one of the craziest ones around. Thrill seekers will jump from a helicopter into a live volcano before being flown back to town still bouncing about on the bungee… the journey back is 35 miles. It’s a bit pricey and will set you back around €9,500.

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