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Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez (1926-2021).

Pope Francis mourns ‘self-sacrificing’ cardinal who announced Benedict XVI’s election

Oct 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez died Oct. 3 at the age of 94. Read more

Officials of the Archdiocese of Santiago meet with representatives of Chile's Jewish community in Santiago, May 28, 2019.

Chilean bishop-elect apologizes to Jewish community for polemical statements

May 30, 2019

Fr. Carlos Eugenio Irarrázaval Errazuriz, who was appointed auxiliary bishop of Santiago this month, has apologized to the Jewish community... Read more

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Chilean bishops, prosecutors to cooperate in abuse investigations

May 1, 2019

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

Mar 25, 2019

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

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

Chilean cardinal addresses case of sex abuse in Santiago cathedral

Mar 11, 2019

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago on Thursday denied knowing and giving  money to the complainant in a rape case... Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Santiago archdiocese comments on priest sentenced for sex abuse

Mar 6, 2019

The Archdiocese of Santiago commented Tuesday on the case of Father Tito Rigoberto Rivera Muñoz, who was found guilty in... Read more

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Santiago archdiocese sends investigation of priest to CDF

Dec 6, 2018

The Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile reported Tuesday it has sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... Read more

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Abusive former bishop to return to Chile to face civil prosecutors

Nov 27, 2018

The Schönstatt movement confirmed Monday that Francisco José Cox Huneeus, a former bishop who was dismissed from the clerical state... Read more

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Church in Chile to sign accord with prosecutor's office for investigation of abuse

Nov 19, 2018

The Chilean  bishops' conference has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with the prosecutor's office for the investigation of... Read more

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Chilean cardinal called to testify on abuse case, leaves papal advisory committee

Nov 15, 2018

A close advisor of Pope Francis has left the “C9”, the pope’s body of cardinal advisors, as he faces charges... Read more

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Karadima victims file complaint against Cardinal Errázuriz

Nov 1, 2018

Three victims of former Chilean priest Fernando Karadima filed a complaint last week against Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, accusing... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Jan. 31, 2018.

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

Aug 11, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis held a meeting on the abuse scandal in Chile and will continue to follow the actions of the... Read more

Chilean bishops establish 'Listening Service' to accompany abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018

The Chilean bishops' conference announced Tuesday the members of a “Listening Service” set up to welcome and guide victims of... Read more

Pope Francis in January 2018.

Pope to meet Chilean bishops, discuss 'devastating' impact of abuse crisis

May 12, 2018

By Elise Harris

From May 15-17 Pope Francis will meet with 33 Chilean bishops to share his personal take on the country's massive... Read more

Pope Francis before leading the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square April 30, 2017.

Pope lands in Chile with plea for forgiveness after abuse scandal

Jan 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the first official encounter of his apostolic visit to Chile, Pope Francis expressed his shame and sorrow for the... Read more

Mons. Juan Barros, Bishop of Osorno Chile. Photo Courtesy of Chile Bishops Conference

Protestors disrupt bishop's installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

Mar 24, 2015

A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno... Read more


Leader of rescued Chilean miners visits Pope for Year of Faith

Oct 16, 2012

On the second anniversary of the historic rescue of 33 workers from a mine in Chile, the group's leader  attended... Read more


Pope accepts resignation of Chilean bishop accused of sexual abuse

Oct 9, 2012

On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernadez of Iquique, Chile, who has been... Read more


Church in Chile confirms investigation of bishop for alleged abuse

Oct 3, 2012

In a statement Oct. 2, the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile revealed that local Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes of Iquique is... Read more