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All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY -- Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

"We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo wrote May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

In Chile and Peru, pope tackles tough issues, urges compassion, unity

Pope Francis arrived to celebrate Mass Jan. 21 at Las Palmas Air Base in Lima, Peru. Organizers estimated that 1.3 million people attended the Mass.

LIMA, Peru — Pope Francis tackled politically charged issues during his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, decrying human trafficking, environmental destruction, corruption and organized crime in speeches before audiences that included political leaders.

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony for Latam Airlines employees Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga, 41, and Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, aboard the pontiff's flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique Jan. 18.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile -- Love was in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile.

During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz.

The couple were supposed to be married in their home parish in Santiago Feb. 27, 2010. However, tragedy struck when an earthquake destroyed the church. Eight years later, they remained only civilly married.

‘I see Jesus’: Working with poor helps young Chileans’ faith

COLINA, Chile — In winter, the dirt roads in the slum known as Rivera Sur are muddy and full of puddles.

"It gets freezing in winter, with so much rain and mud," local resident Teresa Aranda said. "Sometimes I don't let my daughter go to school because I don't want her slipping in the mud on the streets."

But young Chileans volunteering with a Jesuit charity — TECHO-Chile, also known as A Roof for Chile — have helped Aranda and more than 400 other families living in the shantytown known as Rivera Sur, 25 miles north of Santiago.

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