Pope Francis Starts Latin America Visit

This is the pope's second visit to South America.
This is the pope's second visit to South America.

This is the pope’s second visit to South America.

Pope Francis makes his first Latin America trip in two years Sunday for an eight day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. The 78-year-old pontiff said he wants to highlight the plight of the poor on his home continent. He is due to land in Ecuador’s capital Quito at 3:00pm and will give a Holy Mass in eight languages early Monday. “I want to bear witness to the joy of the Gospel and bring God’s tenderness and care,” the Pope said before leaving for South America. “Especially children in need, the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, those victims of this throwaway culture.” Francis’s last visit to South America was a triumphant trip to Brazil that culminated with some three million people gathering in Rio De Janeiro along Copacabana beach for a mass at the end of a Catholic youth festival. The visit is the second to Ecuador by a Pope, with John Paul II coming in 1985. The popes visit will see him leave for La Paz, Bolivia on Wednesday. He departs that country for Paraguay on Friday, before returning to Rome on July 12.

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