Pope Francis poses for photos with a group of Franciscan nuns during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile's bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests and their "grave omissions" in caring for victims.Starting Tuesday, Francis will meet with 31 active and two retired Chilean bishops.Soon after returning, Francis sent two seasoned investigators to Chile to get to the bottom of the scandal. Their 2,300-page report, containing testimony from 64 victims, priests and laity, prompted Francis to do an about-face. During the meetings with the Chilean bishops next week, Francis will be accompanied by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the head of the Vatican's bishops' office who is responsible for vetting new bishops and investigating complicit ones. Five Chilean bishops are retiring or due to retire soon, meaning Francis has a chance to remake Chile's church hierarchy.It is widely believed that three Karadima-trained bishops, including Barros, will be asked to resign.
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