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BREAKING: Massive earthquake hits Chile shaking neighbouring Peru and Bolivia

The epicentre of the huge tremor was 47 miles south of Putre, Chile. The earthquake will have been felt as far away as neighbouring Peru and Boliva, according to a USGS shake map. Peru was devastated by a deadly earthquake just over a week ago on January 14 leaving at least 65 people injured. No reports of casualties or damage from this latest quake have emerged so far. More to follow…

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Pope Francis Has Defended a Chilean Bishop Accused of Covering Up Sex Crimes

(SANTIAGO, Chile) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.” The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They…

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Pope Francis Performs First Airborne Papal Wedding During Flight in Chile

(ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE) — Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile’s flagship airline during a flight from Santiago. Bride Paola Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said “I do” after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because of the Feb. 27, 2010, earthquake that rocked Chile. Francis then offered to marry the LATAM flight attendants aboard the aircraft en route to…

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Pope Francis Warns We're at 'the Very Limit' of Nuclear War

His comment comes after Hawaii sent out a false missile alert More Pope Francis warned against the dangers of nuclear war on Monday before setting off on a trip to Chile and Peru, saying he is afraid of what could happen. “I think we are at the very limit,” Pope Francis said when asked if he was concerned about nuclear war breaking out. “I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.” Pope Francis’s comments follow the mass panic caused in Hawaii by a false missile…

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Pope warns world at ‘very limit’ of nuclear war and admits he is ‘really afraid’

Pope Francis was speaking on board his plane as he flew off to Chile and Peru today. He was quizzed about the menace of a nuclear conflict after a false missile alert in Hawaii caused panic as tensions continue with North Korea. The Pope said: “I think we are at the very limit. I am really afraid of this.  “One accident is enough to precipitate things.” On board the plane, Vatican officials handed out a 1945 photograph showing a Japanese boy carrying his dead brother on his shoulders following the…

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Churches torched and holy statues destroyed ahead of Pope’s visit to Chile and Peru

The Pope’s sixth tour to South America has provoked a backlash from pro-abortion activists and protesters angered by the huge cost involved in hosting the visit. At least six arson attacks against Catholic churches have been reported in Chilean capital Santiago ahead of the Pope’s arrival today. In three of the attacks churches suffered damage, particularly at the gates and facades. After a fire at the church of San Agustín de Melipilla investigators found graffiti daubed on the walls which read: “The only church that illuminates is the one that…

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1 dead, 57 hurt in 7.1 magnitude quake that hit Peru

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Peru early Sunday morning has claimed one life and caused 57 injuries, according to officials in the country. It has also knocked down adobe homes in small, rural towns and forced closure of some roads. The U.S. Geological Survey says the early morning quake had a magnitude was centered 25 miles from Acari, a small town in the Arequipa department of southwestern Peru. It was felt at least as far away as the Peruvian capital of Lima, some 350 miles from Acari. An aerial view…

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At Least 1 Dead in Peru After 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

All the earthquakes struck within an hour of each other More (LIMA) — A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early Sunday, destroying adobe structures and killing at least one person, according to officials. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the 4:18 a.m. temblor had a magnitude of 7.1, down from an earlier calculation of 7.3. The epicenter was 25 miles (40 kilometers) south-southwest of the small town of Acari in the Arequipa district. It was centered 22 miles (36 kilometers) below the surface. Arequipa Gov. Yamila Orosio tweeted that…

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BREAKING: Peru earthquake sparks mine collapse – 17 feared missing

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake with an epicentre in Lomas, Arequipa region, struck on Sunday leading to fears a tsunami would follow. Peru’s Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said 65 are injured after the natural disaster which struck at 4:18 am local time (0918 GMT). The quake hit offshore at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.  Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 40 km from the town of Acari. “There are several homes affected and it is possible that the count of victims and…

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BREAKING: Major 7.3 magnitude earthquake outside Peru sparks tsunami fears

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves are possible within 300 km of the epicenter along the coast of Peru. National Weather Service officials also claimed there is a tsunami risk, around 186 miles from the centre. Peru is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Peru has become a tourist and backpacker hotspot, especially for Britons hoping to see ancient Incan city Machu Picchu and part of the Amazon rainforest. The infamous area is made up of…

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