People repair the church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, where a fire was set on 12 January

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A flyer left at this church mentioned the subsequent bomb could be in Pope Francis’s gown

A number of church buildings in Chile have been attacked or vandalised forward of a go to by Pope Francis subsequent week.

Three church buildings within the capital Santiago had been broken by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the subsequent one was for the Pope.

However at one other church south of the capital, a pamphlet used a phrase that refers to activism within the indigenous Mapuche territory.

President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as “very unusual”.

“In a democracy, folks can categorical themselves so long as they do it in a peaceable method,” she advised a radio station on Friday, including that the assaults couldn’t but be tied to a selected group.

Nobody has been arrested for the assaults, which precipitated no accidents. The Vatican is but to remark.

Pope Francis has made compassion and assist for migrants and the needy a serious theme of his papacy. However notes left at one of many attacked church buildings reportedly complained that cash spent on his go to may very well be higher used on the poor.

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Media captionPope Francis urged folks to “see Jesus” within the oppressed

The Pope will maintain mass on Tuesday in a Santiago park and a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals are anticipated to prove.

The pontiff may even meet Mapuche leaders on his go to to Chile.

They are saying huge privately owned estates and big timber plantations have left their lands within the excessive south of Chile environmentally depleted and their folks mired in poverty, says BBC World Service Americas Editor Candace Piette.

The pontiff, the primary Latin American Pope, will journey to Peru after Chile.