Santiago putting finishing touches on preparations for Pope Visit
On Saturday (January 13) Chile’s capital, Santiago, was busily putting the finishing touches on preparations for the visit of Pope Francis.
Francis, who hails from Argentina and is the first Latin American pope, will arrive in Chile on Monday (January 15).
A Mass he has planned to hold on Tuesday (January 16) in a Santiago park is expected to attract more than 500,000 people.
During the Pope’s visit, protests are expected on issues ranging from indigenous rights to an ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the Church.
Vandals attacked four churches before dawn on Friday (January 12), throwing homemade bombs that caused minor damage and leaving notes threatening the pontiff. No one was hurt in any of the attacks, authorities said.
Francis will also visit the south-central city of Temuco, and Iquique, which is farther north, before heading to Peru, where he will stop in Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.