>> Pope Francis in Chile on Tuesday asked for forgiveness over a sexual abuse a scandal in the Catholic Church that has left the country reeling.>>
At least eight Catholic churches have been attacked in Chile over the past week, including one with a homemade bomb. Dozens of people protested Tuesday in the streets of Santiago. Police in riot gear spread water cannons and detained several people.>>
We are here to denounce that.>>
I'm one with my brother bishops for it is right to ask for forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims even as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again.>>
Graffiti on one church read, Pope, accomplice. Once a staunch Catholic country, Chile is now one of Latin America's most secular nations. A recent poll showed that the number of Chileans calling themselves Catholics fell to 45% in 2017, down from 74% in 1995. Despite the scandal, many Chileans welcome the pope.
Thousands lining the streets of the capital and hundreds of thousands attending his mass.>>