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CHILEPapa Francisco Burning of churches before the arrival of the Pope in Araucanía, land of the Mapuche conflict

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Burning of churches before the arrival of the Pope in Araucanía, land of the Mapuche conflict

Mass of Pope Francis at the base of Temuco, in the Araucanía region (Chile). OSSERVATORE ROMANO REUTERS Video: THE WORLD

During his homily at the Maquehue airfield, Pope Francis affirmed that "the defense of the culture of mutual recognition can not be built on the basis of violence"

Three churches burned in Chile after the arrival of Pope Francis


Chilean police have recorded attacks with incendiary devices on Catholic churches and three forestry company helicopters (two of them ended up completely destroyed), as well as an ambush for police officers in the Araucanía prior to the visit of Pope Francisco. The attacks, that left a policeman wounded by bullets, occurred during the early hours of the morning in rural areas of the region -in the south of Chile- by unknown authors. "They want to cause some disorder or some disturbance of public order" during the Pope's visit to the city of Temuco (800 km south of Santiago), informed Bruno Villalobos, director of the Chilean Police: "We have a wounded policeman who was standing guard at the corner of the road with the sector of the La Turbina junction and we have a school and a church burned in Collipulli, "María Gloria Naveillán Cooperativa, leader of the farmers in the area, told the radio.
During his homily at the Maquehue airfield, Pope Francis affirmed that "the defense of the culture of mutual recognition can not be built on the basis of the violence and destruction that ends up taking human lives." "You can not ask for recognition annihilating the other" , was the message that the Pope launched at a time of new violent outbreaks for the Mapuche demands. Maquehue is an ancestral Mapuche territory in dispute, located in the city of Temuco. The base, owned by the Air Force, was used as a torture and detention center during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The ceremony began with a plea for a representation of the Mapuches and Francisco also his homily began speaking in Mapudungun, the language of this original town: "Mari, Mari" (Good morning) and continued "Küme tünngün ta niemün" (Peace be with you). Before tens of thousands of people, he was grateful to have visited the Araucanía, he praised its beauty and greeted "in a special way the members of the Mapuche people, as well as the other indigenous peoples who live in these southern lands such as the Rapanui (Easter Island), Aymara, Quechua and Atacameños, and many others" .
Using a verse from the song by Violeta Parra, "Arauco has a pity that I can not keep it quiet, they are injustices of centuries that everyone sees applying", the pope wanted to emphasize that this land, the poorest in Chile, is also full "of grief and pain. "A strong security operative awaits Pope Francisco on his visit to the Araucanía region, the birthplace of the Mapuche ethnic group, on Wednesday, where the pontiff will pray for the unity and reconciliation of the peoples, amid tensions over the so-called conflict mapuche.En an environment divided by the centuries-old territorial claim of this ethnic group with the Chilean State, the Catholic leader will follow the steps of John Paul II in 1987, and arrive in the city of Temuco, today sheltered by more than 4,000 police officers. "It is very important to see that this area is much more than a conflict," said the bishop of Temuco, Hector Vargas, who said that the more than 957,000 inhabitants of that region are stigmatized because of situations of violence. trucks and churches, from before the arrival of the Pope, the occupation of a property owned by the Archdiocese and the spread of slogans against the visit of the pontiff are listed in the wing of this visit to Araucanía, the poorest region with the highest unemployment rates in Chile.
Bishop Vargas, who last December sent a report to the Vatican on the situation in the region, acknowledges that "there is a historical debt and pending issues with the Mapuche people." For this reason, the prelate hopes that Pope Francis makes "a call to dialogue (...) and leave aside the trenches." For decades, a conflict has dragged on in this area located more than 600 kilometers from Santiago de Chile. in which the Mapuche communities demand the State the restitution of ancestral lands that were taken from them and that are now in the hands of large landowners and forestry companies. This problem derives from the so-called "Pacification of La Araucanía", a plan that began to be applied in 1863 under which the Chilean State annexed the Mapuche lands through military occupation and acculturation (process by which a person or group acquire a new culture involuntarily). This situation has resulted in episodes of violence in which Mapuche people, policemen and large landowners have died, and in addition dozens of community members have been prosecuted for various crimes, in some cases without sufficient evidence against them, according to human rights organizations.
The Mapuche, what do they want from the Pope? On behalf of a part of the Mapuche, the spokesman of the Council of All Lands, Aucán Huilcamán, expressed to EFE his displeasure over the also happened "genocide of indigenous peoples backed by Catholicism" , as a consequence of the European colonization of Latin America, more than 500 years ago. Huilcamán, who is currently participating in an international indigenous meeting with representatives of the entire region, has demanded the Supreme Pontiff to "recognize this massacre" and promote from the Vatican a policy of reparation and reparation. For his part, the person in charge of organizing mass mass in Temuco, Patricio Trujillo, assured EFE that the biblical readings that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has chosen for tomorrow's homily focus on "reconciliation, salvation of peoples and unity. " Its purpose is that "all be one, as you and I are one," he said.
Trujillo stressed that, despite the constant tension that exists in the Araucanía, "a convulsive atmosphere is not perceived today" on the eve of the visit of the pontiff, for which security has been deployed in the areas where it will move. Francisco According to official figures, of the almost million people who live in the region only 300,000 are considered belonging to the Mapuche ethnic group and most reside in urban sectors. Francisco's trip to Temuco, capital of Araucanía, "marks the internationalization of the Mapuche demand and the acquired notoriety around the promotion and defense of human rights, "says the historian Fernando Pairacán. For this professor at the University of Santiago, the visit also evidences "the deficiencies of the Chilean State in the conduct of the process".
And while "a symbolic forgiveness is important, this must be accompanied by a policy that reverses the high rates of poverty and segregation of the Mapuche people," the scholar emphasizes. Despite the alarms that have ignited the visit of the pontiff to the Araucanía, Pairacán discards that serious incidents will occur. "A social conflict is not terrorism," he argues.
Brazilian Indians alert the pope about suicides
A hundred Brazilian indigenous leaders have been challenging the dangers of the Amazon rainforest for thousands of kilometers to warn Pope Francis in Peru of the increase in the number of suicides among young people from his tribes. The transport terminal in Rio Branco, the capital of the state of Acre, became from Monday night the epicenter for the arrival by road or river of pilgrims from the different Amazonian states. Since this Wednesday they have started to travel - a trip of almost nine hours - in a caravan to Puerto Maldonado, their final destination in Peru. Among the pilgrims who began to cram the Rio Branco terminal, mostly with posters and T-shirts alluding to the visit to Peru by Pope Francisco, highlights the outfits, ornaments and utensils of a group of indigenous leaders. The pontiff, who is in Chile, will visit Peru from January 18 to 21, passing through the cities of Puerto Maldonado, next to the border with Brazil and Bolivia; Trujillo, quite affected by the climatic phenomenon of El Niño Costero that hit the coast during the first months of 2017, and the capital Lima.
Among the issues that the Brazilian indigenous leaders will present to Pope Francis draws attention to the document that warns about the increasing number of suicides among young people from the villages of the Amazon tribes. According to data from the Ministry of Health of Brazil, released last September , the Brazilian Indians are the ethnic group that most dies in the country because of suicide in comparison with whites, blacks and other races.
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