- Jan 18, 2020
Chilean Church leaders called for Catholics to respond with prayer and solidarity to aid about 1,000 people who lost their homes in fires that swept through hillside neighborhoods around the southern port city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Beginning the process of restoring normal governance to the dioceses of Chile in the wake of a massive clerical sexual abuse and cover-up scandal, Pope Francis named archbishops for the archdioceses of Santiago and Puerto Montt.
As political tensions mount in several countries throughout Latin America and local crises risk spinning out of control, the bishops in the region are trying desperately to get ahead of the game and calm all parties before things boil over.
Chile’s bishops called for national dialogue and an end to the violence that has wracked the country for the past month.
Hooded protesters looted a Catholic church Friday near the main gathering site for three weeks of mass protests against Chile’s government over inequality.
Chile’s association for interreligious dialogue on Monday published a statement calling for the violence to cease.