Francis has called the Synod on the Amazon to bring bishops and cardinals from around the world to the Vatican to propose new ways to minister to Amazonian people and care for the "lung" of the Earth.The area around Puerto Maldonado, at the confluence of two rivers on Peru's southern border with Bolivia, has the greatest biodiversity in Peru's Amazon, but is also home to a logging and gold-mining industry.She has a 27-year-old daughter who lives together with a woman.
Karadima's victims say Bishop Juan Barros knew about the abuse but did nothing, a charge Barros denies.
Peru's president estimates it will take billion for the country to rebuild within five years.
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In Peru, Francis had hoped to highlight the need to protect the vast Amazon and its native peoples.
But he now has to contend with a president who only narrowly escaped impeachment a few weeks ago, sparked massive protests by issuing a politically-charged pardon and is embroiled in a continentwide corruption scandal. 15-21 trip, his 22nd overall and sixth to his home continent.
The former CEO of Odebrecht has admitted that company executives paid bribes and campaign contributions to secure public works contracts around the continent.