Pope speaks to Chilean divisions, condemns attacks

Posted: January 18, 2018 at 3:29 a.m.
Updated: January 18, 2018 at 3:29 a.m.

A Mapuche woman greets Pope Francis during the offertory during a Mass at the Maquehue Air Base, in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Francis is urging the Mapuche people to reject violence in pushing their cause.
Francis made the comments Wednesday while celebrating Mass in Temuco. The city is the capital of the Araucania region, where many of Chile's estimated 1 million people of Mapuche descent live. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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A Mapuche woman greets Pope Francis during the offertory during a Mass at the Maquehue Air Base, in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Francis is urging the Mapuche people to reject violence in pushing their cause. Francis made the comments Wednesday while celebrating Mass in Temuco. The city is the capital of the Araucania region, where many of Chile's estimated 1 million people of Mapuche descent live. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis denounced the use of violence to achieve political gains as he traveled Wednesday to the heart of Chile's centuries-old conflict with indigenous people, where several church burnings have been blamed on radical Mapuche factions pressing for their cause.

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