Peru: Pope Francis arrives to tension in Peru after Chile debacle

On the last stop of his trip to South America, Pope Francis arrived in Puerto Maldonado on Friday and was greeted by thousands of members from Peru’s indigenous communities. The trip to Peru comes at a tense time with opposing protests and celebrations regarding the pardon of ex-President Alberto Fujimori, who was due to serve a 25-year term for human rights abuses during his tenure. Francis... Еще arrived from Chile, where he caused offence after he accused sexual abuse survivors of ‘slander’ regarding an alleged cover up in the Church. The Pope focussed largely on the plight of indigenous peoples and the Amazon rainforest in his speech, echoing previous statements where he called on world leaders to protect the area to prevent a further deterioration in the environment. «The Amazon, aside from being a haven of biodiversity, is a cultural reserve which must be protected from this new-age colonialism,” Francis told the thousands gathered.

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