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Peru’s indigenous welcome Pope Francis to scorching Amazon

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru — Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rain forest Friday to demand an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary custodians to determine the future of “our common home.” Speaking to a coliseum filled with indigenous men, women and children, many of whom were bare-chested and wearing brightly colored headdresses, Francis declared the Amazon the “heart of the church” and called for a threefold defense of its life, land and cultures.

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