Pope Francis’ Roller-Coaster Visit to Chile and Peru
The Pontiff traveled to the two South American neighbors from January 15-21, 2018, and did not shy away from contentious subjects in his homilies. His visit, however, especially in Chile, was overshadowed by his support for Bishop Juan Barros, who many Chileans say covered up sexual abuse by an influential priest, Fernando Karadima. Consequently, Chileans showed their dissatisfaction with protests and low turnout (which may also reflect their nation’s growing secular character). On the other hand, Peruvians received the pontiff with massive demonstrations of love and support, even while he had hard words for Peruvian leaders.