Problems pile up for Pope Francis ahead of visit to Chile and Peru

Three Catholic churches in Santiago fire-bombed on eve of departure to Latin America, while child-sex abuse allegations and scandals make the headlines.

Any olive branch toward the Mapuches is likely to provoke strong reactoins beacause of the tensions surrounding the activities of minority militant groups who have led violent protests and attacked private property, including churches.


If the hype and controversy surrounding his upcoming trip to Peru and Chile is anything to go by, it is no wonder the Pope is still staying clear of his native Argentina. Organisers of his visit to Chile and Peru, beginning on January 15, were...

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