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AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandal
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 o...



Joy, angst over pope visit to Chile's restive Mapuche region
TEMUCO, Chile (AP) -- When Pope Francis visits the de facto capital of Chile's Mapuche people, he will be inserting himself into one of Latin America's longest-running conflicts involving indigenous populations, and one that periodically erupts in violence....



3 Chile churches firebombed, president calls for 'respect'
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- President Michelle Bachelet asked Chileans on Friday to receive Pope Francis in a "climate of respect," hours after three Roman Catholic churches were firebombed and a note left at the scene threatening the pontiff....



AP Exclusive: Pope letter details concern over Chile bishop
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Vatican was so concerned about the fallout from Chile's most notorious pedophile priest that it planned to ask three Chilean bishops accused of knowing about his decades-long crimes to resign and take a year's sabbatical - a revelation that comes just days before Pope Francis makes his first visit to Chile as pope....