WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as leader of the Roman Catholic Church demonstrates his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the church in the region. During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope’s message often has stood in marked contrast to those delivered by two predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who also made several trips to the continent once known for and often defined by its fervent
LIMA, Peru — More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis’ final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused in neighboring Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slandering a bishop. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who publicly rebuked the pope on Saturday for those remarks, joined the pontiff and dozens of fellow bishops on a tented altar at a Lima airfield to celebrate the Mass. The crowd of 1.
LIMA, Peru — A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and injuring dozens, officials said. The sole fatality was a man crushed by a falling rock, officials said. They said many of those injured were in Caraveli province, a coastal area dependent on fishing and mining that is popular with tourists. Sixty-five people were injured, the national chief of civil defense, Jorge Chavez, said. The