Chile: Pope Francis calls on Mapuche to shun violence

Pope Francis called for the Mapuche people to be treated as equals, but a Vatican spokesperson said the pope is not in Chile to mediate and the pontiff did not mention the key issue, land rights, in his homily.

    Pope Francis is urging Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people to end violence in their struggle for more rights.

    He’s celebrated mass in the Araucania region, which is at the centre of a centuries-old conflict.

    At least 10 churches have been set ablaze in the area in the past week.

    Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports From Temuco.

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