New accusation of sex abuse against Chile's Catholic church

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Roman Catholic church, already the target of Vatican sanctions, was being shaken Tuesday by yet another allegation of priestly abuse and high-level cover-up. ...

Chilean transgender school protects children from bullying

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Growing up as a transgender child in Chile, Angela was so desperate to escape the physical and verbal abuse from other students at her elementary school that she thought about t...

Venezuelan beauty queens migrate for shot at stardom abroad

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When the Miss Universe beauty pageant takes place in a few weeks, Chile will be represented by a slender brunette who has a killer smile and speaks Spanish with an unmistakable ...

Chile's congress passes 'historic' gender identity law

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — After a five-year battle, Chile's congress passed a gender identity law Wednesday that allows transgender people over 14 years of age to change their name and gender in official...

Stories still emerge of the horrors after Chile's coup

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The marine commander gave an order to Chief Petty Officer Pienovi, who moments before had obeyed an order to help send his own wife to a torture center. "Take ...

New UN human rights chief is torture survivor herself

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was 23 years old when she was tortured and fled her country's dictatorship into exile. Now, more than four decades later, she will fac...

A 'Me Too' movement shakes Chilean universities

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — After a long day of work, Sofia Brito fell asleep on a chair in an office at Chile's Constitutional Court. She says she awoke abruptly to find her mentor, the court's president,...

Chileans denounce suffering sex abuse by Marists, priests

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Even as Pope Francis apologized for his failures in connection with Chile's most famous case of clerical sex abuse, the pope and that country's deeply discredited Catholic Churc...

Tourists pick their own grapes at Chile wine harvest fest

VALLE DE COLCHAGUA, Chile (AP) — Dozens of tourists armed with sharp scissors and donning dusty gloves and aprons walk through rows of green vines, hand-picking dark purple grapes that will be turned ...

Chile again veers right as Pinera returns to presidency

SANTIAGO, CHILE (AP) — Conservative Sebastian Pinera returns to Chile's presidency on Sunday, vowing to revive an economy that has slumped under outgoing center-left leader Michelle Bachelet. ...

Vatican sex abuse envoy returns with more than he expected

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican's leading expert on clerical sex abuse has wrapped up his fact-finding mission to Chile and headed to Rome to brief the pope, concluding one of the most extraordinar...

Chile sex abuse victim's credibility praised, challenged

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Chilean survivor of priestly sex abuse testifies this weekend before a Vatican investigator looking into allegations that a bishop witnessed his abuse by a notorious predator pri...

AP Exclusive: Letter about abuse cover-up belies pope denial

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The letter was graphic not just in describing how the priest kissed and fondled the boy, but also in how other priests who saw the abuse tried to hush it up. Pope Francis said rece...

AP Exclusive: Despite denial, Pope got abuse victim's letter

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis received a victim's letter in 2015 that graphically detailed sexual abuse at the hands of a priest and a cover-up by Chilean church authorities, contradicting the pope...

Conservative Pinera wins another turn as Chile's president

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former President Sebastian Pinera's resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative lead...