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Pope Francis Marks 500th Anniversary of First Mass in Chile

Pope Francis said that the 500th anniversary was a momentous event not only for Puntas Arenas diocese, but also for the whole Chilean Church. Catholic News Agency, November 9, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Catholics in Chile Monday to renew their gratitude for the gift of the... read more
Former Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus

Ex-archbishop in Chile dies before facing trial for sex abuse

By Inés San Martín, Crux, August 14, 2020 Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus, died age 87 in Chile, on Aug. 12, 2020. He died two years after being defrocked by Pope Francis. He faced several allegations of sexually abusing minors. ROSARIO, Argentina – A former powerful Chilean archbishop... read more

Q&A turns up the heat as Latin Americans talk clerical abuse

By Shannon Levitt Ines San Martin, Crux, November 8, 2019 MEXICO CITY - In what might have been a tepid Q&A session in the midst of a long day during a conference on abuse prevention in Mexico City, three questions instead heated things up in an overly air-conditioned room. A priest... read more
Pope Francis touches the head of Mons. Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli as he celebrates his Episcopal Ordination, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.)

Presence of disgraced cardinals at ordination of new bishop causes uproar in Chile

By Inés San Martín, Crux, June 24, 2019 Presence of disgraced cardinals at ordination of new bishop causes uproar in Chile ROME - After Pope Francis accepted the resignation of one of the two newly appointed auxiliary bishops of Santiago, Chile before his episcopal ordination, the second... read more
Monsignor Celestino Aos(Credit: AP Photo/Esteban Felix.)

Chilean prelate denies communion to faithful who kneel down

By: Inés San Martín, Crux, April 25, 2019 ROME - Though far away from the center of the action in Rome, Bishop Celestino Aos, the temporary head of the embattled Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, has a tough job. He’s replacing a cardinal being investigated for cover-up of clerical sexual... read more
Chilean Bishop Celestino Aos (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

The Chilean church has lost its credibility. Bishop Aos is hopeful he can change that.

Gerard O’Connell, America, April 12, 2019 On March 23, Pope Francis appointed the Spanish-born Capuchin friar, Bishop Celestino Aos Braco as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Santiago, Chile. On the same day, he also accepted the resignation of the much-criticized Cardinal... read more

Few abuse scandals involve Francis as directly as that of Argentine bishop

By Inez San Martin,, March 13, 2019 ROME - Though Pope Francis has faced questions and even criticism for his overall handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandals in Catholicism, few cases touch the pontiff quite as directly as that of Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who was... read more