Latin America News

  • Pope urges Latam to unite and spread faith on continent

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis urged Latin Americans to channel the same urgency that brought them independence from Spain two centuries ago to spread the faith on a continent where Catholicism is losing souls to other religious movements, using his final Mass in Ecuador to issue an appeal for…

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  • Pope urges Latin American to channel energy, unite the world

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

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  • AP PHOTOS: Pope encountering rich indigenous traditions

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Rich indigenous traditions dating back centuries before European priests arrived in the New World are on display throughout South America.

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  • Thousands brave Andean downpours in Ecuador for papal Mass

    By Girish Gupta QUITO (Reuters) - Thousands of pilgrims braved wind and rain to camp out overnight for a Mass to be given by Pope Francis on Tuesday in Ecuador's highland capital Quito for an expected million people. Political protests had been rocking the socialist-ruled nation of 15 million…

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  • Francis to hold papal mass in Ecuador capital Quito

    Pope Francis celebrates his second open air mass in as many days in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital city roiled for the past month by anti-government protests. Hundreds of thousands of faithful were expected to turn out to see the Argentine-born pontiff, who offered a message…

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  • Pope Francis celebrates Ecuador mass with huge crowd

    Pope Francis celebrated an open-air mass with hundreds of thousands of faithful under scorching heat in Ecuador on Monday, highlighting the importance of family on his return to his home region. The first pope from Latin America made an impassioned plea to fulfill the "social debt" toward families…

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  • The Latest: Pope's rustic staff is replica of previous 1

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

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  • Thousands greet pope at start of South American trip

    Pope Francis wrapped up the first day of a grueling three-nation South American trip after greeting tens of thousands of jubilant people who lined the streets of Quito. The journey, which will also see Francis travel to Bolivia and Paraguay, is the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    It was a busy week for Latin Americans, who wrapped up the region's premier soccer tournament, received the Olympic torch for next year's games and made last-minute preparations for Sunday's arrival of their South American pope.

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  • Pope Francis on home turf urges defense of poor and planet

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society.

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  • Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor

    By Girish Gupta and Philip Pullella QUITO (Reuters) - Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet. "I thank God for having allowed me…

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  • Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour

    Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday to kick off his first South American trip in two years that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay and see him highlight the plight of the poor. It is the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three decades, and thousands of excited people massed in…

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  • Pope heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis leaves Rome on Sunday for his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, a "homecoming" to a continent where he will champion the rights of the poor and of the planet. Francis arrives in the Ecuadorian capital Quito after a 13-hour…

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  • In Ecuador, indigenous Christians not sold on pope visit

    Thirty years ago, Gustavo Negrete took his wooden cross and joined other indigenous Ecuadorans to greet Pope John Paul II. But he has no interest in seeing Pope Francis on Sunday. Like a growing number of indigenous people in Latin America, Negrete has turned his back on the Roman Catholic faith…

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  • Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

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  • US senator ends visit to Venezuela, urges moderation

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrapped up a trip to crisis-plagued Venezuela by warning the country is on a "destructive path" that could result in more suffering unless the socialist government adopts more moderate policies before congressional…

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  • Quintana comes back to Tour de France ready to lead

    UTRECHT, The Netherlands (AP) — Nairo Quintana comes back to the Tour de France unwilling to settle for second place.

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  • Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his…

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