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Pope Begins Latin America Tour

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Pope Francis will be visiting Ecuador in a week-long official trip to South America that president Rafael Correa of Ecuador has called “an honour”.

The Pope, the first Pontiff from Latin America, will also be in Bolivia and Paraguay, as part of his second trip to the region since becoming head of the Catholic Church in 2013.

In 2007, before becoming Pope, The Argentine told a gathering of Latin American bishops that they were living in the most unequal part of the world, reports the BBC.

During his previous trip in 2013, he addressed millions on Brazil’s Copacabana Beach.

The Pope has requested to chew coca leaves while in Bolivia, according to Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao.

Coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, has been used in the Andes for thousands of years to combat altitude sickness and as a mild stimulant.

The Pope will continue his tour with a trip to Cuba in September, ahead of a trip to the United States.

He is credited with helping bring about last December’s diplomatic thaw between the two countries.