Pope in Peru on three-day visit

Lima, Jan 19 (IANS) Pope Francis is in Peru on a three-day official and apostolic visit.

He arrived here on Thursday and his tour would take him to the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, as well as Trujillo, Efe news reported.

The pontif was in Chile earlier, on the first leg of his six-nation Latin American trip.

The pope was greeted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, his wife and children dressed in white and yellow colours of the Vatican.

He would rest in Jesus Maria district before travelling to the Amazon region on Friday.

In Puerto Maldonado, the pope would meet representatives of the Peruvian, Bolivian and Brazilian indigenous communities, to discuss dangers facing their lands from illegal mining and climate change.

On Saturday, he would be in Trujillo, which was serious affected by El Nino weather phenomenon in early 2017.

On the last day of his trip he will conduct an open-air Mass at the Las Palmas airbase to be attended by millions.

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