Pope in Chile: “Unity is not meant to silence differences”

“We must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures,” says Pope Francis in the Chilean city of Temuco as he gives a message of unity and equality in the heartland of the country’s largest indigenous group, the Mapuche, which complains of discrimination and abuse and is seeking the return of ancestral lands now in private hands.

Thousands of pilgrims await pope for open air Temuco mass

Thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the city of Temuco, in the homeland of the indigenous Mapuche people, to listen to the words of Pope Francis. The pontiff is expected to draw attention to the plight of Chile’s largest indigenous group, which complains of discrimination and abuse and is seeking the return of ancestral lands now in private hands.