Category Archives: Chile

Man believed to be the world's oldest dies in Chile aged 121

Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, thought to have been born in 1896, died in hospital after puncturing his lung falling out of bed

A Chilean man believed to be the world’s oldest person has died in hospital at the age of 121.

Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, whom the Guardian met and interviewed last year, passed away on Wednesday in the southern Chilean town of San José de Mariquina.

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Chile student protest leaders send support to Florida gun campaigners

Four leaders of 2011 movement send letter to young US activists urging them to fight idea that only adults should make the decisions

It began with a classroom walkout, grew into a nationwide protest movement led by high school and university students – and culminated in radical reforms previously dismissed as unthinkable.

Six years later, the Chilean student leaders who overthrew the country’s political establishment with street protests and legislative victories, have sent a message of support for the young Florida activists pushing for gun reform in the US.

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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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