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Pope Francis to face protests in Chile over bishop appointment

12 January 2018

Chileans protesting Pope Francis's 2015 appointment of a Roman Catholic bishop accused of protecting an alleged pedophile threaten to cast a shadow over the pontiff's visit to South America next week. Pope Francis, who hails from neighbouring Argentina and once briefly lived in Chile, has defended and says allegations that he covered up abuses by one of Chile's most notorious sexual predators were unfounded. Protests will kick off during the Pope's public appearances in the Chilean capital on Tuesday. The trip will also take him to neighbouring Peru.