Pope Francis in Chile at start of Latin America visit

From BBC - January 15, 2018

Pope Francis has arrived in Chile on a visit overshadowed by child sexual abuse accusations against almost 80 members of Chilean clergy.

Some priests have been convicted by the Vatican's court, but protests against an alleged cover-up are expected during the pontiff's three-day stay.

The highlight of Francis' visit will be an open-air Mass in the capital Santiago on Tuesday.

The Pope will also meet victims of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

The 81-year-old Argentine pontiff will then travel to Peru on Thursday.

This is Francis' first visit to Chile since he became pope in 2013.

He was met by President Michelle Bachelet at Santiago's airport on Monday.


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