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Chilean bishops meet Francis year after disastrous pope trip

Jan. 14, 2019 12:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A delegation of Chilean bishops met Monday with Pope Francis a year after he threw his papacy into turmoil by defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering for a notorious sexual predator. The five-member permanent committee of the Chilean bishops' conference requested Monday's meeting...

DP World to buy major stake in Chile firm for $502 million

Jan. 13, 2019 2:50 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based port operator DP World says it will buy a 71.3 percent stake in Chile's Puertos y Logistica SA, a port services firm in the South American nation. Sunday's announcement says DP World would pay $502 million for the stake in the port operator, which has a...

Chilean tennis player Saavedra-Corvalan banned for 2 ½ years

Jan. 8, 2019 4:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A Chilean tennis player has been suspended for 2 ½ years for failing to cooperate with an investigation conducted by the Tennis Integrity Unit. The sport's anti-corruption body said in a statement on Tuesday that 28-year old Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan was also fined $8,000 over "his...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Dec. 28, 2018 12:01 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A tiny white coffin carrying the body of Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died while in U.S. custody, ended its somber journey...

Chile court upholds tighter rules for human rights prisoners

Dec. 27, 2018 3:56 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld measures tightening the requirements for human rights violators to get parole, including that they have completed two thirds of their sentence, helped authorities resolve the crimes and condemned what was done. The ruling is a defeat...

Pope Francis' early blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

Dec. 27, 2018 8:08 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. The latest development — a high-profile verdict...

Pope tells abusive priests to turn themselves in

Dec. 21, 2018 1:33 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" hide their crimes. Francis dedicated his annual Christmas speech to Vatican bureaucrats to abuse, evidence that a year of devastating...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Dec. 21, 2018 8:35 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Immigrants still expressed hope of getting asylum in the U.S., though they will no longer be released into the United States while their cases...

Llamas help Andes peoples survive, but youths are leaving

Dec. 21, 2018 12:06 AM EST

SANTIAGO DE MACHACA, Bolivia (AP) — Stormy winds, frosty nights and a scorching midday sun make life difficult on the Andean plateau, but the docile, tough-natured llama is one reason why indigenous people have been able to survive the harsh conditions for millennia. With an estimated 3.1 million llamas...

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope's sex abuse summit

Dec. 18, 2018 4:41 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis' upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before they get to Rome and that accountability is very much on the agenda. Organizers of the...