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Archbishop Scicluna concludes mission in Chile

Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (Getty Images)

The Vatican’s sex crimes investigator has ended his mission in Chile, and Catholic officials say he plans to deliver a report to the Pope on a Chilean bishop who has been accused of ignoring sex abuse by a priest.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna closed his visit on Wednesday with a message expressing gratitude for “the welcome of the Chilean people” and also thanking abuse victims for meeting with him.

The statement came a day after Scicluna interviewed several victims of sex abuse by members of the Marist Brothers religious order, a development that suggested his mandate had expanded beyond looking into allegations of a cover-up by Osorno Bishop Juan Barros.

Victims of paedophile priest Fernando Karadima have said that as a priest Barros witnessed and ignored the abuse. Barros denies that.