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

Why Chile’s Churches Are Under Attack as Pope Francis Visits

"I feel bound to express my pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the Church", the Pope said January 16.

"The Karadima case created a ferocious wound", said Chile's ambassador to the Holy See, Mariano Fernandez Amunategui. He was found guilty of sexually abusing minors in 2011.

A representative from the government of Chile has guaranteed the safety of Pope Francis during his papal visit to the Latin American country this week despite a string of attacks targeting Catholic churches in the capital.

In an eleventh-hour schedule shift, Francis stopped in Santiago at the tomb of a Chilean prelate who was known as the "bishop of the poor" and who aided those seeking loved ones detained during Chile's former military dictatorship.

The Chilean stop is more delicate: Francis will celebrate Mass for the Mapuche in southern Araucania on Wednesday and then break bread with a dozen or so indigenous at a private lunch.

There has also been an arson attack in Peru where protestors damaged the huge statue of Christ - a replica of the famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. He will meet with indigenous Amazonians and pray before the relics of Peruvian saints before returning to Rome Jan. 22.

Bachelet told the pope: "How wonderful to be able to tell you that today Chile has changed. we strengthened our democracy, with more tolerance, more freedom and more transparency".

"It is necessary to listen", he said.

It is necessary to listen to native peoples, "often forgotten and whose rights and protected culture must be taken into account", said the pontiff in his address to political authorities.

In brief, why does The Economist even mention what "Pope Francis" is pontificating about given that everyone knows the Roman Catholic Church is an worldwide crime syndicate that is anything but caring towards the most needy & dependant throughout the world population?

Under Pope Francis, a Vatican committee has been set up to fight sexual abuse and help victims but Chilean victims of clerical sex abuse say more transparency is needed. "The earthly homeland that prefigures and prepares the (heavenly) homeland that has no borders". Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit.

More than two years may have passed since the Pope uttered those words, but Ms Aguilar and the rest of her group are still deeply offended.

The letter, which was released by the Presidential Office on Friday, was in recognition of the pope's support of migrants and refugees in his message for this year's World Day of Peace titled "Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace".

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