Vatican: Pope Chile letter a "spiritual state of emergency"

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says Pope Francis' apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and request that the country's bishops come to Rome to figure out reforms amounts to a "spiritual state of emergency" declaration for the Chilean church.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Francis' letter to the Chilean hierarchy was an acknowledgment that he had made a mistake about abuse victims and that "yes, we believe you, you have your place in the church."

In the letter Wednesday, Francis admitted he had made "grave mistakes" in evaluating the case of a bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. He invited the victims to Rome to personally apologize, and summoned Chile's bishops to sketch out short and long-term changes in the church.


Mount Eneas wildfire as seen from Highway 97C near Peachland the evening of Thursday, July 19, 2018
Mount Eneas wildfire near Peachland stable at 1,000 ha
PEACHLAND - The Mount Eneas wildfire, about four kilometres south of Peachland, is still about 1,000 hectares and is being described by emergency officials as stable this morning. The lightning-caused blaze was discovered on Tuesday, July 1

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