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Chilean legislative committee votes against permitting elective abortions

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

Chilean wine farm.

Catholic groups find shelter for Bolivian farm workers stranded in Chile

When Bolivia closed its borders March 25 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, hundreds of Bolivian seasonal farm... Read more

Moto For Peace in Chile.

European motorcycle police begin mission trip to South America

A group of European motorcycle police is currently taking part in a mission trip to South America, offering support to... Read more

Vandals damaged the Church of San Francisco de Borja in Santiago on Dec. 3.

Mob sets fire to Catholic church serving Chilean police  

A mob of masked protesters set fire Jan. 3 to a Catholic church dedicated to serving the national police in... Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Chile ends statute of limitations for sex crimes with underage victims

Chile has removed the statute of limitation on sex crimes against children and adolescents, though the new law is not... Read more

Venezuelan migrants walk southbound along the Pan American highway after receiving refugee permits at the Peruvian border.

Chilean diocese announces solidarity campaign for migrants at border

The migration ministry in the Diocese of Arica, Chile has announced an aid campaign for the hundreds of migrants facing... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean diocese concerned for Venezuelan migrants at border crossing

The Diocese of San Marcos de Arica expressed Monday its concern over the humanitarian conditions of hundreds of people, mostly... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean bishops, prosecutors to cooperate in abuse investigations

The Chilean bishops' conference signed a collaboration agreement with public prosecutors Tuesday to streamline the investigation of clerical sexual abuse.  Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Chilean archdiocese: court judgement for sex abuse victims a step toward reform

The Santiago archdiocese has accepted a court ruling that the Catholic Church in Chile must compensate victims of former priest... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, then-Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 22, 2014.

Cardinal Ezzati leaves Santiago with 'head held high'

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, whose resignation as Archbishop of Santiago was accepted Saturday, said he is leaving office “very grateful”... Read more

Fr. Marcio Toniazzon with a group of immigrants.

Migrants are revitalizing the Church in Chile, missionary priest says

For six years, Fr. Marcio Toniazzo has worked as the director of immigration services for the Archdiocese of Santiago in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops in Rome, May 2018.

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops to discuss abuse crisis

Pope Francis met for three hours Monday with leaders of the Chilean bishops’ conference, as the bishops face a sexual... Read more

Bishop Fernando Ramos. Screenshot.

Chilean bishops' president names delegate to replace him at papal meeting

At the Vatican summit to discuss sex abuse next month, the secretary general of the Chilean Bishops Conference will take... Read more