Chile says investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Chile says investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuseChile is now investigating 158 members of the country’s embattled Catholic Church — both clergymen and lay people — for perpetrating or concealing the sexual abuse of children and adults, prosecutors said Monday. The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents, according to public prosecutor Luis Torres. The prosecutor’s statement offered the first general view of the extent and scope of the abuse scandal faced by Chile’s Catholic Church — and how many people are implicated.


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Chile miners urge rescued Thai boys to be wary of new-found fame

Chile miners urge rescued Thai boys to be wary of new-found fameBy Aislinn Laing SANTIAGO (Reuters) – As the world watched the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from deep inside a flooded cave, on the other side of the globe a group of Chilean miners followed the unfolding drama anxiously. The 33 former gold miners were themselves the focus of international media attention eight years ago when they were freed after 69 days trapped underground at the San Jose mine in northern Chile. Since their rescue by Chilean authorities and international experts amid a blaze of publicity, many of the miners have endured relationship breakdowns, psychological problems, penury and unemployment, members of the group said.


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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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