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Pope Francis.

Pope accepts resignation of Juan Barros, bishop at the center of Chilean abuse scandal

Jun 11, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid from his post in... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.

Update: Vatican investigators will arrive in Chile next week

Jun 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Thursday that to help with the process of healing in Chile, Pope Francis will send Archbishop Charles... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis begins meetings with Chilean clerical abuse victims

Jun 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis begins his second set of meetings with victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who committed sexual... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis 'ashamed' the Church didn't listen to Chilean abuse victims

May 31, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a letter to Catholics in Chile on Thursday, Pope Francis said he is ashamed of the Church's failure to... Read more

Anniversary celebration for the "Mobile Mercy Shelter," May 15, 2018, Concepcion, Chile.

Mobile Mercy Shelter celebrates its first anniversary

May 21, 2018

A Catholic “Mobile Mercy Shelter” celebrated its first anniversary in service to the poor and homeless in the city of... Read more

Bishop Alejandro Goić Karmelić.

Chilean bishop suspends 12 priests, apologizes for not acting sooner

May 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

Over the weekend, Chilean Bishop Alejandro Goić Karmelić suspended several priests after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against them.... Read more

Commentary: The pope’s next steps on sexual abuse in Chile

May 18, 2018

By JD Flynn

After meeting with him for three days, and reading his reflections on the problem of clerical sexual abuse in their... Read more

Bishop Fernando Ramos reads a statement to the press May 18, 2018.

All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

May 18, 2018

By Elise Harris

At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country's abuse scandal... Read more

Pope Francis with Chilean bishops, May 17, 2018.

Pope to Chilean bishops: Serve Christ in victims of abuse

May 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis thanked Chile's bishops for their “frank” dialogue during a 3-day Vatican meeting on the Chilean abuse scandals, and... Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Analysis: Why Francis might follow Benedict’s lead on Chilean abuse scandal

May 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

This week 34 Chilean bishops are meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the country’s clerical sexual abuse scandal, which involves... Read more

Pope Francis meets with 34 Chilean bishops in Vatican city, May 15, 2018.

Chilean bishops to spend first day of Rome meeting in prayer

May 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

On their first day of meetings with Pope Francis, Chilean bishops have been asked to make a 24-hour retreat, using... Read more

Press briefing with Chilean bishops in Rome, May 14, 2018.

Before meeting with Pope, Chilean bishops vow to end abuse

May 14, 2018

By Elise Harris

Speaking on the eve of a 3-day meeting with Pope Francis about a massive clerical abuse scandal, several Chilean prelates... Read more

Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa.

Cardinal Errazuriz will not participate in Chilean bishops' meeting in Rome

May 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, archbishop emeritus of Santiago, has said that he will not take part in a... Read more

Pope Francis in January 2018.

Meeting abuse survivors, Pope apologizes for being 'part of the problem'

May 2, 2018

By Elise Harris

After meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend, Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse said the pontiff was open, sympathetic... Read more

Chilean Church opens greenhouse to employ youth with Down syndrome

May 1, 2018

The Archdiocese of Concepcion in Chile has begun construction on a greenhouse to grow vegetables, a new project which will... Read more

Pope Francis in Chile January 2018.

Pope begins meetings with Chilean abuse survivors

Apr 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

Last night Pope Francis began individual meetings with three survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Chile following a major apology... Read more

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In wake of Francis apology, Chilean bishops to propose renewal plan

Apr 13, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A renewal plan for the Church in Chile will be submitted to Pope Francis by Chilean bishops when they gather... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

Full text of Pope Francis' letter to Chilean bishops

Apr 11, 2018

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex... Read more

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Pope Francis admits 'serious mistakes' in Chile sex abuse case

Apr 11, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex... Read more

Chile United celebrates the Day of the Unborn Child, March 22.

Chilean pregnant mothers pay unique tribute to unborn children

Mar 23, 2018

Pregnant mothers carrying children, volunteers, and staff of the Chile United Foundation celebrated the Day of the Unborn Child and... Read more