Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Protesters vandalise Catholic churches in Chile ahead of Pope’s visit

By News Express on 14/01/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 971

•Pope Francis
•Pope Francis

Protesters have vandalised several Catholic churches in Chile in the face of Pope Francis' visit to the country next week, and warned they will target the Catholic leader with a "bomb".

Demonstrators used firebombs to attack four churches in the capital Santiago on Friday, leaving behind a note warning the pope: "The next bomb will be in your robe," according to Latin American broadcaster Telesur.

Authorities have said they are investigating the incidents, which caused no injuries, though they have yet to make any arrests.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet described the attacks as "very strange" and said authorities had been unable to tie the incidents to a "particular group" so far, Telesur reported.

"In a democracy, people can express themselves as long as it's done in a pacifist way," she said, and called for a "climate of respect" during the pope's upcoming visit.

Other pamphlets left by the attackers called for "autonomy and resistance" from Chile's indigenous Mapuche people, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Roughly two-thirds of Chile's 1.5 million Mapuches live in squalor in urban areas, and the remainder in poor rural communities. They are the country's poorest and most marginalised segment of society.

Condemnation of attacks

Sebastian Pinera, Chile's president-elect, condemned the attacks in a statement on Twitter.

"The hatred and intolerance cannot prevail above the respect and the rule of law," he said on Friday.

Pinera added that Chile would receive the pope "with joy and peace".

Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, is due to arrive in Chile on Monday.

He is scheduled to hold mass on Tuesday in a Santiago park, with hundreds of thousands of people predicted to attend.

His visit is expected to be met with protests on a range of issues, including the rights of Chile's indigenous people and an ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

The pontiff, born in Argentina, will also visit the Chilean cities of Temuco, where he is expected to meet Mapuches, and Iquique, before travelling to Peru. (Al Jazeera)

Source News Express

Posted 14/01/2018 1:08:42 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Trial of Olajumoke Akinjide continues despite refund of...

Eagles get controversial Egyptian ref for must-win 2015...

Peter Obi bags Golden Merit Award •Why we...

N600bn allocation: Dickson lambasts Rep over poor marks...

Unrest greets Sierra Leone polls

Enugu to enlist tricycle riders in crime fighting...

Nigeria letting Black race down, says Akinyemi

Weather Forecast for Today, By the Nigerian Meteorological...

Abacha Family puts 65 posh cars up for...

Solomon Asemota’s Gospel

20,000 bpd refinery: Integrated Oil boss seeks FG’s...

AUTHENTIC LIST finally out: 6 home-based stars make...

 

Latest News IGP Idris is a threat to our democracy, By Fredrick Nwabufo Obasanjo, Jonathan, Buhari can’t account for $82.5bn oil money: Investigation Saraki can only avoid impeachment if he resigns – Oshiomhole Presidential Order: I-G directs immediate overhaul of SARS •Contacts to call in case of harassments Saraki, Bafarawa, Dankwambo go to hilltop to stop Buhari 2019: Obasanjo, defectors can’t stop Buhari — Tinubu 4th Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum: 5,000 expected in Lagos for Africa’s largest entrepreneurial convening 7 fake revenue agents apprehended in Anambra No foreign pressure on Buhari to drop 2nd term bid – Presidency Investors relocate 100,000bd Brownfield refinery from Turkey to Nigeria Only 35, 652 pupils studying in modern Almajiri schools in Northwest: NAN Survey FG pledges to promote establishment of digital classrooms

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (376,733 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (366,056 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (295,739 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (241,475 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (222,099 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (216,866 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (192,215 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (174,381 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (159,427 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (157,901 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (152,417 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (142,791 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (56) Business & Economy (3,451) Business Verdict (48) Columnists (907) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (526) Features (632) Global Business Monitor (294) International (2,265) Interview (161) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (134) News (38,006) Opinion (1,057) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,037) Religion (814) Sports (1,643) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Liverpool Destroying West Ham 4-0 - Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement