- Jan 18, 2020
Less than a week before embarking on a seven-day visit to South America, Pope Francis said he would go to Chile and Peru as a pilgrim and share the Gospel’s message of hope and joy.
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Chile and Peru Jan. 15-21. The Vatican has issued his schedule for the trip.
Pope Francis will be visiting Peru this month, and the country finds itself in a bit of a controversy with the pardon of the ex-president who was serving a prison sentence for human rights violations and financial crimes.
Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Peru, expressing his sorrow over what’s being defined as the worst traffic accident in the past 12 months: 51 people died, six of them children, when a bus fell down a cliff on a narrow stretch of highway known as the “Devil’s Curve” at an isolated beach north of Lima on Tuesday.
Francis’s weeklong trip to Chile and Peru in January will take him to two regions that are among those countries’ poorest, where environmental issues and demands for indigenous land rights have led to sometimes-violent conflict.
Criminal prosecutors in Peru have requested that Luis Fernando Figari be incarcerated by a court order, while he is investigated for charges of psychological and sexual abuse.