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Pope Francis flew in to Santiago, Chile Monday night, Jan. 15, 2018 for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. (File photo/CC 2.0 Korean Culture and Information Service, https://goo.gl/PxGuGK)

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Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable harm' from sex abuse

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit.