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Jan 17, 2018 - 03:31 pm .- Speaking to Chilean university students and academics Wednesday, Pope Francis said Catholic educational institutions play a prophetic role in helping future generations tackle problems with an integrated, inclusive approach.
Jan 17, 2018 - 02:21 pm .- In a meeting with youth during his second full day in Chile, Pope Francis said that faith is a grand adventure, one that gives young people the inspiration to overcome difficulties and dream big.
Jan 17, 2018 - 07:08 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Chile's largely indigenous Araucania region, long divided by violent conflict. He stressed the importance of unity, which he said cannot be achieved through violence or forced uniformity.
Jan 16, 2018 - 08:13 pm .- Pope Francis met privately on Tuesday with 6 victims of sexual abuse committed by priests in Chile, the papal spokesman has reported. The meeting had not been previously announced as a part of the Pope’s schedule.
Jan 16, 2018 - 02:52 pm .- Pope Francis reminded the Chilean bishops of the importance of living out their priestly fatherhood united in mission with their people in his final address on Tuesday, the first full day of his apostolic trip to Chile and Peru.
Jan 16, 2018 - 02:13 pm .- Pope Francis said Tuesday that even amid the pain which results from sinfulness, the Church can still serve the world if she acknowledges the reality of her woundedness and puts Christ and his mercy at the center of all things.
Jan 16, 2018 - 12:55 pm .- Pope Francis visited a women's prison in Santiago on Tuesday, telling the inmates that while at times it might seem like they have no future, they must never stop dreaming and should look for opportunities for personal growth.
Jan 16, 2018 - 11:30 am .- As Pope Francis began his visit to Chile, a Vatican spokesman has voiced “maximum respect” for the rights of protesters continuing their three-year opposition to a bishop’s appointment, but the Pope will not meet with them.
Jan 15, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- On the eve of Pope Francis' visit to Chile, an attack on a church was reported in the city of Melipilla, an hour outside of Santiago. This was the sixth attack on Catholic churches in protest of the pontiff's visit.
Jan 12, 2018 - 02:42 pm .- Just days before Pope Francis' visit to Chile, three Catholic churches in the capital of Santiago were attacked by unknown assailants.  
Jan 10, 2018 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis will spend a day in Temuco, the capital of a Chilean region with a large indigenous population, during his Jan. 15-18 visit to the nation. The city's bishop has said the Pope decided to come to the area because it represents Chile's peripheries.
Jan 5, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Less than two weeks before Pope Francis will arrive for a pastoral visit to Chile, more than 2,500 college students were sent on mission to serve the country’s rural Catholic communities.
Dec 18, 2017 - 02:42 pm .- Fighting the scourge of discrimination that often accompanies HIV, the Santa Clara Foundation in Santiago de Chile has worked since 1994 to ensure that children with the virus experience God’s love and have a better quality of life.
Oct 18, 2017 - 12:26 am .- Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who will be living in the country.
Sep 28, 2017 - 03:59 pm .- The commission planning Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Chile has announced that the popemobiles which the Holy Father will use in the country have all been used during previous papal trips.  
Aug 24, 2017 - 11:04 am .- A religious congregation voiced sorrow and called for greater respect for faith after the iconic Church of National Gratitude in Santiago de Chile was hit with a firebomb attack by young people this week.
Aug 24, 2017 - 12:25 am .- A Chilean court ruled this week in favor of a controversial bill that allows abortion in some cases, against the objections of pro-life advocates who pointed to the Constitution’s explicit protections for the unborn.
Aug 17, 2017 - 02:47 pm .- After the recent passage of a bill that would allow some abortions in Chile, the country's high court is considering whether or not the bill is a violation of the constitutional protections for unborn life.
Aug 4, 2017 - 04:13 pm .- Late Wednesday, Chilean lawmakers approved legislation that would allow for abortions under certain circumstances, ending the country’s longstanding wholesale ban on the practice.
Jun 19, 2017 - 10:40 am .- The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and Peru from January 18 to 21, 2018.
Pope Francis in Chile and Peru

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