Pope Francis is in Chile advocating open borders.
Francis officiated Mass in the Mapuche region after two Catholic churches and three helicopters belonging to forestry companies were set on fire.
He also met with sexual abuse victims.
Here’s a brief roundup:
Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru (emphasis added)
Upon his arrival in Chile, Francis said the country’s future lies in its ability to listen, including “to the migrants who knock on the doors of this country in search of a better life, but also with the strength and the hope of helping to build a better life for all.”
Even though the numbers are comparatively small, Chile had the fastest annual rate of migrant growth of any country in Latin American between 2010 and 2015, according to U.N. and church statistics.
Most of the newcomers are Haitians, who often face language barriers that limit their job prospects.
The meeting at the Vatican’s mission in Santiago was “strictly private”, his office said, providing no further details.
Earlier during his visit to Chile, the Pope felt “pain and shame” over the sex abuse scandal, asking the victims for forgiveness.
He has been criticised in Chile for a decision to ordain a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse by a priest.
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