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Why Pope Francis will visit Chile's Araucania region

Jan 10, 2018

Pope Francis will spend a day in Temuco, the capital of a Chilean region with a large indigenous population, during... Read more

Chilean students prepare for mission trips in preparation for Pope Francis' visit to the country.

More than 2,500 young missionaries prepare for Pope Francis in Chile

Jan 5, 2018

Less than two weeks before Pope Francis will arrive for a pastoral visit to Chile, more than 2,500 college students... Read more

This Chilean home offers hope for children with HIV

Dec 18, 2017

Fighting the scourge of discrimination that often accompanies HIV, the Santa Clara Foundation in Santiago de Chile has worked since... Read more

Chilean cardinal offers warm welcome to Syrian refugees

Oct 17, 2017

Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the general audience on Oct. 19, 2016.

Pope Francis will re-use popemobiles for his Chile trip

Sep 28, 2017

The commission planning Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Chile has announced that the popemobiles which the Holy Father will use... Read more

Church of National Gratitude in Chile. Courtesy of the Archbishop of Santiago via ACI Prensa.

Firebomb is latest in series of attacks against iconic Chilean church

Aug 24, 2017

A religious congregation voiced sorrow and called for greater respect for faith after the iconic Church of National Gratitude in... Read more

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Chilean court sidesteps constitution, paves way for legal abortion

Aug 23, 2017

A Chilean court ruled this week in favor of a controversial bill that allows abortion in some cases, against the... Read more

High court weighs constitutionality of Chile's abortion bill

Aug 17, 2017

After the recent passage of a bill that would allow some abortions in Chile, the country's high court is considering... Read more

Chile's bishops lament lifting of abortion ban

Aug 4, 2017

Late Wednesday, Chilean lawmakers approved legislation that would allow for abortions under certain circumstances, ending the country’s longstanding wholesale ban... Read more

Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis on Nov. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

Jun 19, 2017

By Mary Farrow

The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta on June 9, 2016.

Devastating wildfires in Chile prompt message from Pope Francis

Jan 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis sent a letter to Chile voicing his nearness to everyone suffering from the devastating effects of more than... Read more

A look inside the little-known 'spoon trail' of Chile

Jan 4, 2017

Dawn breaks in the city of Santiago de Chile. Amid the hustle and bustle of the waking city, a narrow... Read more


Crucifix smashed in attack on emblematic Chilean church

Jun 14, 2016

In what is being lamented as a heinous act of desecration, an emblematic Catholic church in Santiago de Chile was... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims inside St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Feb. 11, 2015.

Pope Francis calls young priest with cancer in Chile

Jun 10, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, right around lunch time, Chilean priest Father Francisco Rencoret Mujica received an unexpected call.  Read more

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck. Photo

Pro-soccer player turned priest reunites with fans in Chile

May 17, 2016

With a Mass celebrated in the chapel where he used to pray, former soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck was reunited recently... Read more

Chilean bill permitting abortion advances to Senate

Mar 18, 2016

Legislators in Chile's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing abortion in limited circumstances. The bill now... Read more

Nuestra Senora Purisima de Lo Vasquez.

In Chile, massive Marian pilgrimage to open Year of Mercy

Dec 4, 2015

Hundreds of thousands in Chile will visit the Lo Vasquez Shrine this coming December 8 on the Solemnity of the... Read more

Pope Francis is presented with the signatures of the 33 miners who were rescued in 2010 from Copiapó mine, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 14, 2015.

Was the rescue of 33 Chilean miners an act of God?

Nov 12, 2015

By Kate Veik

Technically, Greg Hall and his team of drilling specialists had done their job when they located 33 miners believed to... Read more

Chilean abortion plan is 'a trap for the gullible,' cardinal says

Nov 11, 2015

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, firmly rejected a proposal to legalize abortion... Read more

Pope Francis blesses Esperanza Ticona with her father, miner Ariel Ticona, and Esteban Rojas in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 14, 2015.

Pope meets with Chilean miners five years after 'miraculous' rescue

Oct 15, 2015

Pope Francis met this week with a group of Chilean miners who spent more than two months in a collapsed... Read more