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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 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.

By PETER PRENGAMAN & NICOLE WINFIELD, AP January 16, 2018

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