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Pope set to visit site of deforestation, indigenous struggle in Peru

19 / 01 / 2018, Mongabaycom News

Pope Francis will visit one of the Peruvian Amazon’s most threatened regions today, where the leader of the Catholic Church is expected to address escalating deforestation and uncertainty about indigenous peoples’ rights. “The Holy Father has a special concern for the Amazon and therefore put as the first point of his journey an encounter with indigenous groups to dialogue, to give a sign of hope,” Salvador Piñeiro, president of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, said in an article published by Mongabay LatAm. “These topics concern the Pope and he feels them very closely.” Deforestation resulting from gold mining in Madre de Dios. Photo by Agencia Andina. After a visit to Chile earlier this week, the pope is scheduled to fly Friday morning from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the Madre de Dios region. It’s a place where logging, agriculture and mining — much of it illegal — have led to the loss of thousands of hectares of rainforest in recent decades. In some cases, these activities have touched off conflicts with local communities. Buoyed by Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling environmental issues as codified in Laudato Si’, the encyclical he published in 2015 subtitled “On Care for Our Common Home,” campaigners are eager to welcome him to their corner of southeastern Peru. After meeting with local authorities, he will speak to indigenous people in a coliseum. “It is very symbolic that the pope is going to Madre de Dios, the capital of the country’s biodiversity, home to many indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation,…

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