Bishop Juan Barros

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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

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago.

Chilean court denies media report of verdict in Karadima lawsuit

Oct 22, 2018

The president of an appeals court in Chile has denied reports that the court will order the Archdiocese of Santiago... 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

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

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

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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

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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

Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

Scicluna meets with alleged victims of abuse by Marist Brothers

Feb 28, 2018

A Vatican investigator has met with some alleged victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by Marist Brothers in Chile.  Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

Vatican abuse investigator to meet with Chilean victim in U.S.

Feb 7, 2018

The delegate appointed by Pope Francis to hear testimony from abuse victims in Chile will also travel to the United... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 2, 2015.

A 2015 letter detailed allegations against Barros. Did the Pope receive it?

Feb 5, 2018

A Chilean survivor of sexual abuse says that he wrote a to Pope Francis letter in 2015, claiming that Bishop... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.

Pope taps Scicluna to investigate Barros accusations

Jan 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

After recently affirming his support for a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse, Pope Francis has named a... Read more

 Pope Francis speaks aboard the papal plane from Lima, Peru to Rome Jan. 22, 2018.

Francis says comments on sexual abuse in Chile were 'not the best'

Jan 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Aboard the papal plane from Lima to Rome Sunday, Pope Francis said that comments made to Chilean journalists Jan. 18... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4, 2013.

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope’s words 'a source of great pain' for abuse survivors

Jan 20, 2018

The chairman of the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse has said that recent comments from Pope Francis were painful and... Read more

Bishop Juan Barros.  Courtesy photo, Chilean Conference of Bishops

Pope says accusations against Chilean bishop are 'calumny'

Jan 19, 2018

At the end of his three-day visit to Chile, Pope Francis came to the defense of a controversial bishop, saying... Read more

Bishop Juan Barros.  Courtesy photo, Chilean Conference of Bishops

Pope Francis’ Chile visit revives allegations against bishop

Jan 16, 2018

As Pope Francis began his visit to Chile, a Vatican spokesman has voiced “maximum respect” for the rights of protesters... Read more