Attack on Chilean churches shortly before Pope's visit

World January 12, 2018 16:42

santiago - Shortly before the visit of Pope Francis three Catholic churches in Chile were attacked. The attacks with incendiary bombs on churches in the capital Santiago caused damage to facades and broken windows.

No one was injured, reported Radio Cooperativa station. The Pope is expected on Monday for a three-day visit. Left-wing activists also invaded the building of the diplomatic mission of the Holy See in the Chilean capital on Friday to protest against the visit.

In the attacks, pamphlets were left in which the autonomy of the indigenous Mapuche community in the south of the country is discussed. The Pope wants to meet with representatives of this population group, who are fighting for the restitution of land, in the city of Temuco, where many Mapuches live. The pope will also celebrate a mass there.

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