Category Archives: Chile

Pope Francis sends envoy to Chile to investigate sexual abuse claims

Bishop Juan Barros has been accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest

Pope Francis is sending the Vatican’s most respected sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate a bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.

The Vatican said on Tuesday that Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna would travel to Chile “to listen to those who have expressed the desire to provide elements” about the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

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Pope offers partial apology to victims but insists bishop did not cover up abuse

  • Pontiff regrets choice of words after dismissing victims’ claims
  • Pope says Bishop Juan Barros did not turn a blind eye to abuse

Pope Francis has apologised for insisting that victims of paedophile priests show “proof” to be believed. He said he realised it was a “slap in the face” to victims.

Related: Pope Francis accuses Chilean church sexual abuse victims of slander

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Pope Francis stops popemobile to comfort Chilean policewoman who fell from horse – video

Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop on  after a mounted Chilean policewoman was thrown off her frightened horse, which had reared up as the pontiff passed by. Francis stepped from his vehicle and waited several minutes on the pavement, at times talking to the woman, until an ambulance arrived to take her away. Officials say she was not seriously injured.

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Wing and a prayer: pope marries couple on plane over Chile

Cabin crew members ask pontiff for a blessing but Francis instead conducts marriage ceremony

The bride had walked down the aisle countless times before, usually pushing a trolley of drinks or reheated food. She wore a neat uniform with a name badge instead of a white dress, and probably checked the guests had fastened their seat belts before the ceremony.

Love was definitely in the air when Pope Francis married two cabin crew members in an impromptu wedding on a flight taking the pontiff and his entourage between two Chilean cities.

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