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Pope accepts resignations of 3 Chilean bishops tied to sex abuse scandal

SANTIAGO, Chile - Victims of a sexual abuse scandal by clerics in Chile's Roman Catholic Church applauded Pope Francis' decision Monday to accept the resignations of three bishops - including a prelate at the epicenter of cascading allegations of sexual abuse, cover-ups and impunity.

Anti-abuse activists called the move the Vatican's first concrete step in the South American country to purge a corrupt church hierarchy implicated in decades of sexual mistreatment and official stonewalling.

The sex abuse scandal is among the most challenging issues facing Francis, who has said he felt "pain and shame" about

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