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Bishop Emeritus Bernardo Bastres Florence of the Diocese of Punta Arenas, Chile

Chilean court upholds acquittal of bishop accused of covering up teen’s disappearance

Nov 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Supreme Court of Justice of Chile recently upheld the acquittal of Bishop Emeritus Bernardo Bastres Florence of the Diocese... Read more

Cardinal Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago de Chile peaches at a Te Deum service marking Chile's independence, Sept. 18, 2022

Violence and corruption won’t build up Chile, cardinal says at independence prayer service

Sep 19, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Cardinal Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago de Chile said in a prayer service marking the country’s independence that neither violence... Read more

President Gabriel Bóric of Chile votes in a Sept. 4, 2022, election for proposed changes to the country’s constitution.

‘Democracy has won,’ bishop says after broad voter rejection of new Chilean constitution

Sep 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Isauro Covili Linfati of Iquique, Chile, made his remarks after a majority of voters rejected the proposal, which sought... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean bishops warn new constitution places religious freedom at risk

Jul 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The constitution’s text will be approved or rejected Sept. 4 in a plebiscite in which all Chileans will participate. Read more

Cardinal Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago takes possession of his titular church in Rome, June 19, 2021.

Killing the innocent by abortion is not mercy, says Chilean cardinal

Apr 26, 2022

By Giselle Vargas

During his homily at the Mass for the blessing of the foundation stone for the Divine Mercy Shrine in Santiago... Read more

The tabernacle and scattered Hosts in Santiago, Chile.

Tabernacle of Chilean church desecrated

Mar 30, 2022

By Giselle Vargas

Father Pedro Pedraza, the rector of the Lourdes Grotto Shrine in Santiago, Chile, has reported that two ciboria which had... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Religious, pro-life groups make proposals for Chilean constitutional convention

Jan 13, 2022

By Giselle Vargas

Chile's Constitutional Convention has created a digital platform for citizens to make proposals for issues they consider must be debated... Read more

Gabriel Boric, who won the 2021 Chilean presidential election, speaks after a candidates' debate, Oct. 10, 2021.

Archbishop asks president-elect Boric to recognize Chile's 'religious soul'

Dec 21, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

Archbishop Fernando Natalio Chomali Garib of Concepción has expressed his hope that Gabriel Boric Font, Chile’s president elect, "will recognize... Read more

Gabriel Boric, who won the 2021 Chilean presidential election, speaks after a candidates' debate, Oct. 10, 2021.

Pro-life candidate defeated by pro-abortion rival Gabriel Boric in Chile's presidential election

Dec 20, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

José Antonio Kast, a lawyer and pro-life Catholic politician, conceded defeat Dec. 19 to leftist candidate Gabriel Boric, a proponent... Read more

José Antonio Kast.

Pro-life Catholic is surprise winner in first round of Chile’s presidential elections

Nov 22, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

José Antonio Kast is the son of German Catholic immigrants. Read more

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Pro-life doctors warn against Chilean bill to permit elective abortion 

Oct 6, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

A group of pro-life Chilean doctors on Monday published a video meant to disprove the falsehoods that arise in the... Read more

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Chile's lower house votes to debate bill permitting elective abortions

Sep 29, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies voted Sept. 28 to begin the debate on a bill that would decriminalize abortion up to... Read more

Ultrasound of preborn baby at 12 weeks

Chilean legislative committee votes against permitting elective abortions

Aug 10, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

A committee of the lower house of Chile’s legislature on Monday narrowly voted not to recommend a bill that would... Read more

Fernando Karadima

Fernando Karadima, former priest whose sex abuse scandal rocked Chile, dead at 90

Jul 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Fernando Karadima, an influential former priest in Chile whose sexual abuse of minors prompted major questions about episcopal cover-ups, has... Read more

Parents urge Chilean president to veto bill that would undermine parental authority

Jul 1, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

Pro-family organizations in Chile are urging President Sebastián Piñera to veto completely the recently passed "System of Guarantees of Children's... Read more

Chileans to pray ‘Rosary of Hope’ for drafting of new Constitution  

Jun 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Beginning Wednesday, June 23, Catholics in Chile will pray a rosary every week for the Holy Spirit to guide the... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured July 27, 2016.

Pope Francis marks 500th anniversary of first Mass in Chile

Nov 9, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholics in Chile Monday to renew their gratitude for the gift of the Eucharist in a letter... Read more

Church of the Assumption in Santiago, Chile, after an arson attack Oct. 18. Giselle Vargas/ACI Prensa

After parish in Santiago, Chile destroyed by arson, pastor urges hope

Oct 20, 2020

The pastor of a parish destroyed by arson in Santiago, Chile on Sunday has urged local Catholics to reject temptations... Read more

Church fires in Santiago, Chile Oct. 18.

In Chile, archbishop condemns arson attacks that destroyed Catholic churches

Oct 19, 2020

The Archbishop of Santiago de Chile condemned arson attacks that destroyed two Chilean churches Sunday, and called on Catholics to... Read more

Maternity, early childhood organizations form new alliance in Chile

Jun 14, 2020

More than 30 organizations serving maternity and early childhood needs in Chile have come together to form an alliance to... Read more