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The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

May. 18, 2018 8:22 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the plane crash in Havana (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Cuban state media say Communist Party leader Raul Castro is recovering from a hernia operation. State television said on its evening broadcast that the 86-year-old leader who stepped down as president last month was...

The Latest: Chile bishops return home, vow to help reform

May. 18, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on a sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving the Catholic Church in Chile (all times local): 7.15 p.m. Chilean bishops are arriving back home after their emergency summit with Pope Francis over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, saying they are committed to helping the pope...

Chile archbishop defends himself as pope's summit opens

May. 15, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired archbishop of Santiago is denying he covered-up for an abusive priest in Chile, but is acknowledging the priest's popularity and ability to produce seminarians weighed on his decision-making. Cardinal Javier Errazuriz wrote a letter May 10 to his fellow bishops denouncing...

Chilean bishops open to resignations, reparation for abuse

May. 14, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Chile's Catholic bishops said Monday they were open to whatever Pope Francis proposes to overhaul the Chilean church, including the removal of bishops, reforms of seminaries and paying financial reparation to victims of a clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Representatives of the...

Chilean bishops in Rome for expected brow-beating from pope

May. 10, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Chilean bishops are arriving in Rome ahead of an expected brow-beating next week from Pope Francis, who says he was misled about a bishop at the center of the Chilean Church's sex abuse scandal. One top-ranked churchman is apparently not coming: Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, retired...

Key dates in the Chilean sex abuse scandal

May. 2, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The three main whistleblowers in Chile's long-running sex abuse scandal have wrapped up their meetings with Pope Francis, after the pope discredited them and staunchly defended a bishop they had accused of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. Their visit to the Vatican marked the...

AP PHOTOS: Cuba's Castro brothers through the years

Apr. 16, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The men who have run Cuba for nearly six decades began life in a remote, rural part of the island known as Biran, sons of a wealthy farmer. Both Fidel and Raul Castro turned to radical politics at a young age as they went to school first in the eastern city of Santiago, later at the...

Pope's letter to Chile shows "spiritual state of emergency"

Apr. 12, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis' apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and his request that the country's bishops come to Rome to discuss reforms amounts to a "spiritual state of emergency" declaration for the Chilean Catholic church. In an interview with The Associated...

Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse case

Apr. 11, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he made "grave errors" in judgment in Chile's sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. In an extraordinary public letter, Francis also summoned all of Chile's bishops to the Vatican for an emergency...

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Chile, no damage reported

Apr. 10, 2018 7:38 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strong 6.2 earthquake struck Chile's central region on Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck about 34 miles (54 kilometers) southwest of Ovalle, Chile at 7:19 a.m. local time. The USGS said it was...