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Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati: Vatican

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati: VaticanPope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country’s bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up, the Vatican said Saturday. Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the seventh senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which the pope insists must be remedied. To date, Ezzati, the Catholic Church’s highest official in Chile, has maintained his right to silence although he has promised to cooperate with the investigation into his activities — if the authorities first clear him, insisting he is innocent.



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Mystery killer whales spotted by scientists off coast of Chile 'likely to be new species'

Mystery killer whales spotted by scientists off coast of Chile 'likely to be new species'A killer whale that could be a new species is to be studied by scientists for the first time after it was seen off the coast of southern Chile. A team of international researchers have collected genetic samples from a group of orcas roaming the sub-Antarctic waters off the tip of South America. For decades, fishermen and tourists had returned with tales and even photos of killer whales in the region that look distinctly different from others.



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Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off Chile

Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off ChileWASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn't look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one.



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Chile earthquake: Magnitude 6.7 quake rocks north of country

Chile earthquake: Magnitude 6.7 quake rocks north of countryA magnitude- 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north Chile, causing buildings to shake and fears of a possible tsunami. It reportedly caused homes to rattle, as well as minor damage to old buildings and power outages in the nearby coastal city of La Serena – a popular beach town about 250 miles north of Santiago. Chilean mining group Antofagasta Plc said operations were continuing as normal at its Los Pelambres copper mine following the nearby earthquake.



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Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats: authorities

Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats: authoritiesBy Felipe Iturrieta and Aislinn Laing SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Four planes were forced to make emergency landings in Chile and Peru on Thursday due to bomb threats issued to the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority, it said in a statement. Two of the planes were operated by LATAM Airlines and two by Sky, a low-cost Chilean airline, the aviation authority said. The planes were undergoing checks of passengers, baggage, and their cabins and holds by police and airport security, it said. (Reporting by Aislinn Laing and Felipe Iturrieta, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)



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Exclusive: Pope says he could accept more resignations over Chile sex abuse

Exclusive: Pope says he could accept more resignations over Chile sex abuseBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has said he could accept the resignations of more Chilean bishops following a sexual abuse scandal that has shattered the credibility of the Roman Catholic Church in the South American country. The pope has already accepted the resignations of three bishops, and all Chile’s remaining bishops have offered to resign after allegations that the abuse, including of children, was covered up. Asked whether he would accept more resignations, the pontiff said: “Maybe some.” “I still have to accept the resignations of two (bishops) who have exceeded the age limit.



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Pope acknowledges his 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse crisis

Pope acknowledges his 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse crisisBy Fabian Cambero and Philip Pullella SANTIAGO/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made “grave mistakes” in the handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, saying he felt shame and inviting victims he had once doubted to Rome to seek their forgiveness personally. “I have made grave mistakes in the assessment and my perception of the situation, due in particular to a lack of truthful and balanced information,” he wrote in an extraordinary letter to Chilean bishops. The letter followed a visit to Chile by one of the Vatican’s most experienced sexual abuse investigators, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.



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Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuse

Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuseLIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff for having accused Chilean victims of slander, saying Saturday that his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse."



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In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches

In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churchesSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — As he does during every papal visit, Pope Francis produced plenty of surprises in Chile: He married a couple during a flight, stopped his motorcade to help a fallen police officer and wept with victims of sex abuse by priests.



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Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in ChileSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said.



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