Pope Takes Message Of Inclusion To Bolivia

Bolivia's national anthem was sung by President Evo Morales, standing alongside Pope Francis.
Bolivia's national anthem was sung by President Evo Morales, standing alongside Pope Francis.

Bolivia’s national anthem was sung by President Evo Morales, standing alongside Pope Francis.

Pope Francis greeted Bolivians with a message of inclusion, a central theme of his three nation tour to his home continent as he arrived in South America’s poorest nation. Landing in La Paz, he was met by Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president. Francis’s trip to Bolivia follows a four day visit to Ecuador, where he celebrated two massive outdoor masses and pleaded for “dialogue” in a country rocked by anti government protests. On Friday, he will travel to Paraguay. Francis welcomed the important steps Morales government had made  to include wide sectors in the country’s economic, social and political life. Calling the Pope his brother, Morales thanked Francis “for visiting us at home, with a message of hope and liberation.” On Thursday, the Pope will deliver his sole Bolivia Mass at the foot of a giant Christ the Redeemer statue, with more than a million people expected to attend. Before leaving for Paraguay on Friday, Francis will visit the huge Palmasola prison, scene of violent gang fighting in 2013 which left 31 people dead. The last visit by a Pope to Bolivia was a six-day tour by John Paul II in 1988.

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