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.

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    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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