Pope Francis

Indigenous people walk past Pope Francis after presenting offertory gifts during the pope's celebration of Mass at the Maquehue Airport near Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 17, 2018
Pope Francis appealed to the Mapuche, who have suffered “great injustices,” to totally reject violence “which can make a just cause turn into a lie.”
Pope Francis blesses a pregnant prisoner as he visits the women's prison center in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & Society News
Pope Francis has visited other prisons, but this was the first time on his travels as pope that he visited one just for women. He was greeted by women standing with their babies in their arms. 
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Pope Francis dove head-first into Chile's sex abuse scandal on his first full day in Santiago.
Pope Francis meets with priests, religious and seminarians at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
Francis focused for the second time today during his visit to Chile on the abuse scandal that has rocked the Chilean church. “I know the pain resulting from cases of abuse of minors, and I am attentive to what you are doing to respond to this great and painful evil,” he said.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
“It is right to ask for forgiveness,” the pope said, “and make every effort to support the victims.”
A woman holds Chile's flag as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 14. The pope is scheduled to arrive in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2018
The issues that most concern the Chileans coincide with many of the messages of the pope, for example, the problem of the indigenous community, the problems of migrant people, care for the environment.