We continue with our highlight coverage of the Pope’s 2018 apostolic visit to Chile with a quick look at the events that happened today.
Early this morning, the Pope traveled to the south of the country. Approximately 670 kms to the city of Temuco, an area steeped in indigenous history & culture and home to many of Chile's indigenous peoples. He celebrated Mass where he said that the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences, driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others.
According to the Vatican, an estimated 150,000 people attended the Mass which began with a traditional welcome greeting delivered by a group of indigenous people; many of them were singing, cheering, and holding signs written in their native language.
In his homily, Pope Francis acknowledged that the area, while rich in history, brought memories of "sorrow and pain, as it was the site of grave violations of human rights." The area was used as a torture and detention center during the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990. "We offer this Mass” the Pope said, “ for all those who suffered and died, and for those who bear daily the burden of those many injustices."
While supporting the rights of the indigenous peoples to maintain their cultures, the Pope insisted that the only way to survive and thrive was to remain united and to shun violence. He called on the people of southern Chile to work toward building unity and resist attempts at uniformity.
After the Mass, the Pope had lunch with indigenous residents of the “Madre de-la Santa Cruz” house, then flew back to Santiago for a meeting with young people at the Shrine of Maipu. He then ended the day with a visit to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
For the Pope’s message to the young people and more videos, you can visit our website listed below.
Tomorrow, the Holy Father will embark on the second leg of his Apostolic visit and will leave Chile and visit Peru. Archbishop Christian Lépine, the Archbishop of Montreal will accompany the Pope on this portion of the trip. We had a chance to talk with the Archbishop about how he was able to get on that VIP list and why he believes the Pope’s focus on the Amazon Region is important and the significance of the theme: Peace and Hope. Here’s what the archbishop had to say.
And that is all for today. Join us again tomorrow as I bring you more highlight coverage of the Papal trip to Chile and Peru.
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