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Bishop Juan Barros resigned after being accused of covering-up sex abuse cases connected to a notorious pedophile priest in Chile. Photo: Fernando Lavoz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops in the wake of a child sexual abuse scandal, including Bishop Juan Barros, who was accused of covering up cases connected to a notorious pedophile priest, per Reuters.

The details: Francis is still considering the positions of Chile's 31 other bishops after all of them offered to resign last month during a meeting with the pope, though a Vatican official told Reuters Monday's move was the start of restoring faith in Chile's Catholic Church. Today's decision also comes exactly two months after Francis apologized and sought forgiveness for his handling of the scandal.

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Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

UNC race conscious admissions process upheld by judge

Students walk through the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug. 18, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can continue its race conscious admissions process, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Why it matters: The case could end up in the Supreme Court after the conservative nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) vowed to appeal the judge's ruling that UNC didn't discriminate against against white and Asian American applicants in its policy that it said was designed to increase diversity.