The Pope in Chile and Peru in a spokesman for native

The Pope in Chile and Peru in a spokesman for

Pope Francis will return next week to Latin America, Peru and Chile, a platform to support indigenous peoples and reinvigorate local churches that have lost popularity, including pedophilia scandals.
His sixth trip to Catholic Latin America will remain very spiritual, but the pope will also meet the government authorities of two countries in times of political turmoil.
Chile is in transition, following the December presidential victory of conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera, who will take office in March, raising questions about the social reforms of outgoing socialist Michelle Bachelet.
Peru is sinking into a deep crisis, from the pardon given to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who was convicted of corruption and crimes. Highly criticized for this decision, the head of state Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, former banker of Wall Street, himself escaped an impeachment for its links with the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
Will the first Latin American pope of history, a defender of corruption and social inequality that plagues the poor, send some political messages to his guests?
The highlights of the 22nd trip of his pontificate – from January 15 to 18 in Chile, and from January 18 to 21 in Peru – will undoubtedly be his meetings with indigenous peoples. In Chile and Peru, the Pope will have lunch with them in small groups to inquire about their fate.
In Temuco, more than 600 km south of Santiago de Chile, it will address the Mapuche natives (7% of the Chilean population), who occupied a vast territory at the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Chile in 1541. This region Auracania, however, is punctuated by the actions of a radicalized minority, which burns forest companies but also churches. The Pope is therefore welcome by all.
– Scandals of sexual abuse –
In Puerto Maldonado, in the heart of the Amazon in southeastern Peru, it will be hosted by some 3,500 indigenous people, including some from Bolivia and Brazil. Evidence of his interest in the environmental threats to this green lung and its inhabitants, sometimes enslaved by traffickers, the pope has convened for 2019 a synod (world meeting of bishops) dedicated to the peoples of Europe. Amazon.
In Peru, Francis will also renew with the “popular piety” Latin American, which he appreciates the simplicity and warmth, describes the Cardinal and Archbishop of Lima, Juan Luis Cipriani.
Conservative churches in Chile and Peru, discredited by scandals of sexual abuse, “need a shock” to be more attentive to the problems of the population, says a close of the pope, noting that Francis still travels in countries “to problems”.
Less publicized than its crowd baths, its meetings with religious are an opportunity to call them to listen to the faithful and leave aside a “clericalism” rigid.
“Under Pinochet’s dictatorship, the Church was seen as a point of reference for the protection of human rights, and today secularization has reduced its role,” said Chilean ambassador to the Holy See, Mariano Fernandez Amunategui.
“The visit of the Pope will play a very positive role for the Church,” he notes, referring to the devastation caused in 2010 by the case of the priest Fernando Karadima, guilty of sexual abuse of minors.
According to the database of the American NGO Bishop Accountability, denunciations for sexual abuse concerned nearly 80 religious in Chile, where the percentage of atheists increased from 12% to 22% between 2006 and 2014.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that it has put under guardianship a Peruvian Catholic movement Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, whose founder Luis Fernando Figari, a refugee in Rome, is at the heart of an investigation for pedophilia.
Meetings with victims do not appear in the official program, but could be very discreet.
In Iquique, 1,450 km north of the Chilean capital, the pope will in any case have a private meeting with two victims of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
This beating trip (more than 30,000 km traveled on ten flights) will also be a time machine for Jorge Bergoglio, 81 years old, who studied in Chile during his novitiate Jesuit and will find one of his former comrades.
His visit to Chile could nevertheless be accompanied by demonstrations by international associations of victims of sexual abuse.
And Friday, four churches in Santiago de Chile were the target of attacks, sometimes with incendiary devices, the possible work of anarchist groups.

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