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Though 72 percent of its population is Catholic, Chile looks at many times to be quite secular, and at other times quite Catholic. Spontaneous shrines, often markers of a tragic death, dot the country’s roadsides with crosses and religious statues. Hundreds of thousands journey to Marian feasts held throughout the country.  On issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, Chileans have recently reversed prior legal bans.  In recent years, revelations of clergy sexual abuse have radically undermined the Church's credibility there.



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