Latin America

 Pope Francis and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stand outside the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, Jan.19.(CNS photo//Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell January 20, 2018
“The degradation of the environment...cannot be separated from the moral degradation of our communities.”
Gerard O’Connell January 19, 2018
Francis is the first pope to come to the Amazon region, and he insisted that his first event and major speech of his visit to Peru should be to this place.
Pilgrims wait for Pope Francis to arrive for a meeting with people at the Jorge Basadre Institute in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Jan. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said.
J.D. Long-García January 19, 2018
“Our country is so important to us. We carry the Dominican Republic in our hearts.”
In this Jan. 14, 2018 photo, parishioner Lucero Fatima Cusi embraces Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, during his last day as parish priest in Boca Colorado, part of Peru’s Madre de Dios region. After 10 years of service there, the 70-year-old Spanish priest has been transferred 130 kms (80 miles) away to Puerto Maldonado, known as the gateway to the Amazon jungle. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
It's near this forlorn corner of the Amazon that Pope Francis will visit Friday amid what has been called a modern-day gold rush of illegal miners threatening the world's largest rainforest.
Men carry a replica of Peru's most revered religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," during an Oct. 18, 2017 procession in Lima. Each year thousands of Catholics gather to commemorate the image's survival in a 17th-century earthquake that destroyed Lima. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell January 18, 2018
Father Ernesto Cavassa was provincial of the Jesuits in Peru from 1998 to 2004, and president of the Conference of Latin American Jesuit Provincials from 2005 to 2012.