Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number who have stepped down since a sexual abuse scandal swept the country's Roman Catholic Church.

A Vatican statement said the two were Bishop Carlos Eduardo Pellegrn Barrera of the diocese of San Bartolomde Chillen, and Bishop Cristin Enrique Contreras Molina of the diocese of San Felipe.

In both cases, Pope Francis appointed other bishops as commissioners, known as Apostolic Administrators, to run the dioceses until further notice.

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of five other bishops in June, a month after all of the country's bishops offered to step down en masse during an emergency meeting with the pope over allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse in the Latin American country.

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