The official logo for Francis' trip to Chile. The theme: "My peace I give you." (CNS/courtesy Holy See Press Office)
Pope Francis will be visiting Chile and Peru Jan. 15-21, 2018. NCR correspondent Joshua McElwee and Soli Salgado of Global Sisters Report will be on the ground with him. Read all of NCR's reporting here.
ON THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis has again defended his appointment of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up clergy sexual abuse, renewing a claim that accounts against the prelate are "calumny," a claim that survivor advocates say has brought the Catholic Church back to the bleakest point of the abuse crisis.
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of Pope Francis' key advisors on clergy sexual abuse, acknowledged Jan. 20 that the pontiff's defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse was "a source of great pain" for survivors.