Pope Francis Attacks Systematic Abuse of Power in Peru and Argentina
Pope Francis’ trip to Latin America came to an end on Sunday. The pope held mass at an air base in Peru for a million plus faithful. It is on this platform that he criticized the state of the political leadership in the area. He condemned the corrupt political culture that is vibrant in the region. He had this to say, “Latin America’s political culture is sicker than it is healthy.” This was about Peru, a country that has seen its political parties and leaders plagued by dishonesty and corruption.
The Pope pointed out the political shortcomings of the country especially about Peru’s former President Ollanta Humala who was arrested due to money laundering. This wasn’t the only case the pope referred to as Peru is not short of a former president who is either already convicted or awaiting conviction. He asked the faithful in attendance to question their motives morally as this was among the few ways the country and region as a whole could move forward.
The pope, an Argentine, also asked the people to stop following their leaders without questioning their ultimate motives. The political shambles of the region were not the only thing the pontiff discussed on his Peru stop. The day before he addressed the religious faithful to fight for women’s rights and put an end to high rates of crime prevailing in the area.
Pope Francis’ visit also had an environmental twist to it. The pontiff asked the Latin faithful’s to fight for the Amazon. According to the pope, the price that humanity is paying for messing with the environment is not suitable. Better living conditions were greater than simple business interests. On Friday he highlighted the conditions that were manifesting were a threat to both the rainforests and indigenous Amazon tribespeople.
The pope began his tour in Chile and interacted with millions of people throughout the trip.