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Chile churches bombed days before pope's visit

By EVA VERGARA and PETER PRENGAMAN The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 13, 2018 at 2:50 a.m. Updated January 13, 2018 at 2:50 a.m.

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A church employee on Friday surveys the damage at Emmanuel Catholic Church in Santiago, Chile, one of three churches attacked overnight in the city.

Mahmud Aleuy (left) of Chile’s Interior Ministry inspects a Roman Catholic church Friday in Santiago after it and two others were firebombed overnight...

President Michelle Bachelet asked Chileans on Friday to receive Pope Francis in a "climate of respect," hours after three Roman Catholic churches were firebombed and a note was left at the scene threatening the pontiff.

Mahmud Aleuy (left) of Chile’s Interior Ministry inspects a Roman Catholic church Friday in Santiago after it and two others were firebombed overnight...

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