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Pope defends Chilean bishop accused of abuse cover-up

Iquique - Pope Francis on Thursday strongly defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up a priest's sexual abuse of minors.

Pope heads to Peru after final Chile mass

Iquique - Pope Francis headed Thursday to Peru on the second leg of his South American trip, where he will meet indigenous people and hear firsthand how Peru's gold rush is destroying large areas of their Amazon homeland.

Riot police break up anti-pope demo near Santiago mass

Santiago - Anti-riot police used water-cannon to disperse hundreds of people protesting sexual abuse by priests as they tried to disrupt an open air mass by Pope Francis in Santiago on Tuesday.

Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Temuc - Pope Francis denounced the use of violence in the struggle for indigenous rights Wednesday, celebrating mass in a restive region of Chile hours after assailants firebombed churches and other targets.

Pope in Chile expresses 'pain' and 'shame' over abuse scandal

Santiago - Pope Francis on Tuesday expressed his "pain" and "shame" over child sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church in Chile, as he made his first speech during a visit to the South American country.

Scandals overshadow pope's meetings in Chile

Santiago - Pope Francis will hold a closely watched meeting with members of Chile's under-fire clergy on Tuesday, the first full day of his visit to a country whose Church is beset by sex abuse scandals.

Churches in Chile firebombed ahead of pope visit

Santiago - Three Catholic churches were firebombed in the Chilean capital Santiago on Friday, days before the start of a visit to the country by Pope Francis.

Pope's S. American visit to cast light on region's indigenous

Santiago - When Pope Francis steps off his Alitalia plane at the start of a visit to South America next week, he will cast a rare global spotlight on the plight of the region's indigenous people.

Ahead of pope's Chile visit, priests accused of child sex abuse

Santiago - Almost 80 Roman Catholic clergy have been accused of sexually abusing children in Chile since 2000, a US-based monitoring group said Wednesday ahead of a visit to the country next week by Pope Francis.

Chile swings back to right as billionaire returns to power

Santiago - Chile's political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet.

Chile swings back to right as billionaire returns to power

Santiago - Chile's political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet.

11 dead, 15 missing in Chile mudslide

Santiago - A mudslide that buried much of a village in southern Chile has killed 11 people while another 15 are still missing, authorities said Sunday.

Billionaire Pinera to return as Chile's president

Santiago - Billionaire Sebastian Pinera will return to power as Chile's president next year, according to virtually complete results from a runoff election held Sunday.

Chile votes in what could be a close presidential run-off

Santiago - Chilean voters will decide their next president on Sunday in a run-off election whose outcome is far from certain after an unexpectedly strong surge for the left.

Chile election likely to be decided by small margin

Santiago - The winner of Chile's presidential run-off election on Sunday could be decided by a relatively small group of voters following a surge of left wing enthusiasm in Latin America's fifth-biggest economy.

Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation

Santiago - The recent calving of a large iceberg from a southern Chilean glacier threatens local ship navigation and could result in flooding for coastal communities, experts said.

Leftist surge throws Chile presidential race wide open

Santiago - A strong showing by the radical left threw Chile's presidential race wide open and left billionaire Sebastian Pinera with a fight on his hands to secure victory in a runoff, analysts said Monday.

Pinera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Santiago - Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera, who held a commanding lead in Chile's first round of presidential voting, and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month.Ex-president Pinera had a 36.

Pinochet casts long shadow over Chile vote

Santiago - He's been dead for 11 years, but Augusto Pinochet still casts a long shadow over Sunday's presidential election in conservative Chile, where the right is set to reclaim power.

Businessman Pinera closes in on Chile presidency

Santiago - After four years of socialist rule, Chile is expected to revert to the right in elections Sunday, with Sebastian Pinera set to return as president, confirming a shift to conservative leaders across Latin America.
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