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Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the Church in the country, a Chilean bishop said.

Briefing journalists on the bishops’ meeting with the pope, Bishop Luis Fernando Ramos Perez, apostolic administrator of Rancagua and secretary-general of the bishops’ conference, said they met for one hour with the pope at Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and were invited to have lunch for nearly two hours with him to discuss “the situation of the Church in Chile.”

“It was, I would say, an interesting meeting, a great collaboration with the Holy Father. He made a series of suggestions and comments. We also reaffirmed our commitment of communion, participation and collaboration with the Holy Father’s mission,” Bishop Ramos said.

Also present at the meeting were Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago; Bishop Santiago Silva Retamales, president of the Chilean bishops’ conference and head of the military ordinariate; Archbishop Rene Osvaldo Rebolledo Salinas of La Serena, vice president of the bishops’ conference; and Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo.

According to a statement released by the Chilean bishops’ conference, the purpose of the meeting was to share with the pope “the evolution of the situation of the Church in Chile from his visit to the present day, as well as the perspectives for the future.”

Picture: Pope Francis meets with the leadership of the Chilean bishops’ conference at the Vatican on 14th January. The pope and the leadership of the conference met to talk about the sex abuse crisis affecting the Church in Chile. Pictured from left are Archbishop Rene Osvaldo Rebelledo Salinas of La Serena, Chile, vice president of the conference; Bishop Santiago Silva Retamales of the military ordinariate, president of the Chilean bishops’ conference; Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago; Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos, apostolic administrator of Rancagua; and Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).