Pope travels to Latin America to reinforce the Church's credibility


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Pope Francis is starting a six city apostolic visit which begins in Chile and ends in Peru. His goal is to restore confidence to the Catholic Church in two countries where its credibility has been severely damaged by sexual abuse scandals (Reuters). 

In Chile, protests are expected against his appointment in 2015 of Bishop Juan Barros, who has been accused of protecting his former mentor Father Fernando Karadima, convicted by the Vatican for abusing young boys in 2011 (The Guardian).

Karadima has denied the allegations and Barros said he was unaware of any wrongdoing. The Pope will also meet victims of Augusto Pinochet, whose dictatorship lasted from 1973 to 1990. In Peru, he will address issues arising from political corruption. 

The Pope’s visit will not include his home country of Argentina, which he hasn’t visited since he was elected in 2013. Although the reasons for missing Argentina are not clear, The New York Times reports it may indicate a reluctance to get swept up in the country’s polarized politics.

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