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Pope Francis Demands End to Exploitation of Amazon
Last Updated: January 19, 2018 3:03 PM, VOA News

Pope Francis demanded Friday that governments and other institutions end the exploitation of the Amazon rainforest and recognize the region’s indigenous people as the main caretakers of what he called “our common home.”

Speaking to thousands of people deep inside the Amazon, the Argentine pope said “The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present.”

Francis condemned the “pressure being exerted by great business interests” seeking petroleum, gold, lumber and other natural resources and plundering the area “without concern for its inhabitants.”

The pope was greeted warmly Friday in the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado by thousands of enthusiastic supporters who lined the streets before his meeting with the country’s indigenous people.

Francis arrived in Puerto Maldonado, considered the gateway to the…

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