Category Archives: South America

Chile’s identity needs to find a proper place for its ancestral peoples

Pope Francis’s prayer intention for the month of July is for “respect for indigeneous peoples” (see ‘the Pope Video’) who make up about five per cent of the world’s population (370m) yet a third of all rural poor. Their identity and livelihoods … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s Christmas message: only God’s mercy can free humanity

[Austen Ivereigh] Against a backdrop of growing terrorist violence, war and persecution across the world, Pope Francis yesterday used his traditional Christmas address “to the city and to the world” to appeal for a new openness to God’s grace of … Continue reading

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From Paraguay Pope Francis charts bold new future for Latin Americans

(Austen Ivereigh) Basking in the warmth of Paraguay’s deeply Catholic Guaraní people, Pope Francis has used the final leg of his extraordinary eight-day, three-nation South American visit to show the bond between the Church and poor, proposing the historic Jesuit missions of the region as … Continue reading

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Francis in Bolivia spells out vision of true revolution

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis travelled from Ecuador to Bolivia on Wednesday afternoon, where he both connected with and challenged one of the continent’s most radical governments, before flying to Santa Cruz, ending yesterday with one of the most powerful and radical … Continue reading

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Francis in Ecuador gives key lessons on mission, unity and ecology

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis’s second and final day in Ecuador offered a chance to outline a new future for Latin America and a better world order as he linked mission to unity and called for a new awareness of the planet … Continue reading

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Francis begins South America tour with homage to family

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis’s first homily of his three-nation, eight-day South American trip focussed on the family, describing it as the “the nearest hospital, the first school for the young, and the best home for the elderly” in a Mass in … Continue reading

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Francis in South America: building a culture of encounter from the periphery

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis’s intense 8-day apostolic journey to three poor South-American countries, which begins this Sunday, will be one of his most significant yet — a chance to evangelize from the peripheries in his own continent. Although not the first … Continue reading

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