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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.


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.


Chile: Pope arrives to protests over sex abuse scandal

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Pope Francis arrives in Chile for first leg of Latin American tour, with more unrest expected in Santiago.


Pope Francis Begins South American Trip In Chile

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Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Piotr Kozak about the pope's trip which comes amid controversy over an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by dozens of Catholic priests in Chile.


Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile

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Many Chileans are still furious over the pope's decision to appoint a bishop linked to a priest found guilty of abusing dozens of minors over decades.


On Visit To Chile, Pope Faces Anger Over Sex-Abuse Scandal

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At least five churches have been vandalized since Friday ahead of Francis' visit, some with firebombs as anger persists years after a major sex-abuse scandal that many see as a coverup by the Vatican.

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Fear and doubt should not determine response to immigrants, Pope says

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Mutual fears between immigrants and their new communities are understandable, but must not prevent new arrivals from being welcomed and integrated, Pope Francis said on Sunday in a special Mass to mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Francis, a keen defender of the rights of migrants, was addressing a congregation including migrants and refugees from some 50 countries, whose flags festooned the area around the altar in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. "Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb the established order, will "steal" something they have long laboured to build up," he said, while "the newly arrived ... are afraid of confrontation, judgement, discrimination, failure." "Having doubts and fears is not a sin.


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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