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AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandal

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in Chile's capital Monday, he will find a weakened Roman Catholic Church. As in many Latin American countries, the church in Chile has been losing followers to both evangelical faiths and increasing secularism. The shift has been exacerbated by a priest sex abuse scandal, and many Chileans are put off by the church's influence in keeping tight restrictions in social matters like marriage and abortion. Here are some of the contributing factors to the Chilean church's problems.

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Pope voices nuclear war concerns at he begins Latin America trip

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Pope Francis admitted Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear apocalypse, as he began a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru to bolster a local Catholic Church riven by sex abuse scandals. The 81-year-old Argentine pontiff will find a very different Chile to the one he first encountered as a student priest in the 1960s. Socialist President Michelle Bachelet has presided over major change in the once deeply conservative country, decriminalizing abortion, recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples and introducing a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable harm' from sex abuse

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Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit.
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Pope lands in Chile amid expected protests

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Pope Francis has flown into Chile's capital for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply sceptical about the Roman Catholic Church.

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Pope voices nuclear war concerns at he begins Latin America trip

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Pope Francis admitted Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear apocalypse, as he began a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru to bolster a local Catholic Church riven by sex abuse scandals. The 81-year-old Argentine pontiff will find a very different Chile to the one he first encountered as a student priest in the 1960s. Socialist President Michelle Bachelet has presided over major change in the once deeply conservative country, decriminalizing abortion, recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples and introducing a bill to legalize gay marriage.

In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.

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Churches torched and holy statues destroyed ahead of Pope's visit to Chile and Peru

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CATHOLIC churches are on high alert across Chile and Peru ahead of a visit from Pope Francis after a spate of arson attacks and vandalism by angry protestors.

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Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

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Pope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on Saturday. "We are not talking about significant groups that are truly dangerous." Francis, who hails from Argentina and is the first Latin American pope, will arrive in Chile on Monday. A Mass he has planned to hold on Tuesday in a Santiago park is expected to attract more than 500,000 people.

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Pope seeks to turn tide of Chilean church bruised by scandal

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis' visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his Monday arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up. Francis is coming to a country where around 60 percent of Chileans declare themselves to be Roman Catholics, but where the church has lost the influence and moral authority it once enjoyed thanks to sex scandals, secularization and an out-of-touch clerical caste. The pope will try to reverse the trend during his three-day visit, which gets underway in earnest Tuesday with a series of protocol visits for church and...

Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

Added: 15.01.2018 1:26 | 0 views | 0 comments


Pope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on Saturday. "We are not talking about significant groups that are truly dangerous." Francis, who hails from Argentina and is the first Latin American pope, will arrive in Chile on Monday. A Mass he has planned to hold on Tuesday in a Santiago park is expected to attract more than 500,000 people.

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