Pope Asks For Forgiveness Over Sex Abuse Scandals in Chile but Activists Want Action

Pope Francis landed in Chile late Monday evening for his first visit to the Latin American country since becoming Pope.

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While standing alongside Chile's President, Michele Bachelet, he said he was "ashamed" over the damage priests inflicted on minors in the recent spate of sexual abuse scandals. Pope Francis said, "It is just to ask for forgiveness and to support victims with as much strength as possible, even as we take steps to ensure that this never happens again."

The Pope's remarks come amid a recent decline of Catholicism in numerous regions, including Latin America. However, victims of abuse were unmoved by his words. 

Juan Carlos Cruz, a chilean activist who says he was sexually abused by a priest at the age of 17 told New York Times, "It’s not the time for apologies anymore; it’s the time for action."

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The Pope will be visiting Peru later on this week.