Latin America

Chile: Pope Francis calls on Mapuche to shun violence

Pope Francis called for the Mapuche people to be treated as equals, but a Vatican spokesperson said the pope is not in Chile to mediate and the pontiff did not mention the key issue, land rights, in his homily.

Latin America

Pope Francis expresses 'pain, shame' over Chile sex abuse scandal

It is the first time he has commented on the crisis surrounding a former priest who was found guilty in 2011 of abusing teenage boys.


Chile: Pope arrives to protests over sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis arrives in Chile for first leg of Latin American tour, with more unrest expected in Santiago.

Chile: Pope arrives to protests over sex abuse scandal

Reporter's Notebook

Why are Chileans protesting the pope's visit?

Chile has suffered some of the worst cases of ecclesiastic sex abuse in the region, and the Catholic Church is paying the price.


Chile's Catholic churches attacked ahead of papal visit

Several Catholic churches have been vandalised in Chile in advance of Pope Francis' visit to the country next week.

Chile's Catholic churches attacked ahead of papal visit

People & Power

Defiance of the Mapuche

Why the Mapuche of Argentina and Chile have been pushed to the brink of insurrection in defence of their ancient lands.


Chile to remember indigenous victims of dictatorship

Many activists vanished during the 1970s and their remains were never found.

Women's Rights

Will Chile's president-elect repeal a new abortion law?

Women's rights groups worry that the conservative president-elect will try to block the country's new abortion law.

What will Pinera's win mean for Chile's abortion law?


Chile: Preparations for presidential transition under way

Newly elected Sebastian Pinera is expected to target many of the social reforms enacted by the previous government.


Conservative Pinera wins Chile's presidential election

Chile is the latest Latin America country to shift to the right after billionaire businessman wins presidential runoff.


Chileans vote in tight presidential election

After a shock first round, the race for Chile's presidency is 'completely open', analysts say.


Chile: Massive landslide destroys village, kills five at least

A state of emergency has been declared in southern Chile after a landslide devastated an entire village.

The Far Right

Far right gains momentum in Chile's presidential elections

A far-right political party in Chile is expected to play a key role in determining the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff.


Chile heads to presidential vote run-off in December

Conservative Sebastian Pinera will face socialist Alejandro Guiller after neither candidate wins 50 percent of the vote.

Sebastian Pinera to face Alejandro Guillier in run-off

Latin America

Chile election: will it be Pinera or Guillier?

The first round of voting for Chile’s president did not deliver a clear winner and will go to a runoff in December between the top two candidates. Coming in third was a surprise performance by Beatriz Sanchez, a left-wing coalition candidate.