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Pope Francis, in Peru, speaks of threats to native Amazonian people and the rainforest

Pope Francis, in Peru, speaks of threats to native Amazonian people and the rainforest

Pope Francis ventured to a bustling corner of the Peruvian Amazon on Friday and sounded an alarm for the fate of the lands and inhabitants of the vast rainforest.

“The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present,” the pontiff told thousands of indigenous people, many in colorful costumes, feathered headdresses and face paint, in Puerto Maldonado.

“We have to break with the historical paradigm that views Amazonia as an inexhaustible source of supplies for other countries without concern for its inhabitants,” he said.

Many people lined up in the predawn hours to gain access to the venues where the pope was to...

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