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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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In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticismSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.



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AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandal

AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandalSANTIAGO, 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 of the contributing factors to the Chilean church's problems.



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Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacksPope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on Saturday. “We are not talking about significant groups that are truly dangerous.” Francis, who hails from Argentina and is the first Latin American pope, will arrive in Chile on Monday. A Mass he has planned to hold on Tuesday in a Santiago park is expected to attract more than 500,000 people.



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