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Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

AFP  |  Vatican City 

accepted today the resignation of three Chilean bishops including the controversial following a child sex abuse scandal in which has come to haunt his papacy.

The entire Chilean delegation of bishops tendered its resignation to the last month after a series of meetings at the Vatican.

Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean during the 1980s and 1990s.

Argentine-born Francis, whose decision was announced in a Vatican statement today, has said it must not happen again on his watch.

But the pontiff himself became mired in the scandal when, during a trip to in January, he defended Barros who was accused of covering up Karadima's wrongdoing.

apologised to the victims and admitted he had made "grave mistakes" after reading a 2,300-page report on abuses in

He has since received two groups of Karadima's victims at the Vatican.

Since 2000, about 80 Roman Catholic priests have been reported to authorities in Chile for alleged sexual abuse.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:15 IST