Pope Francis aims to bring solidarity in Latin America

Pope Francis starts his one week tour of Latin America with Ecuador

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Latin-American Pope Francis is visiting Latin America, aiming to bring solidarity to the region.

His first visited Ecuador, where hundreds of workers prepared for his arrival, marking the first papal visit to the country in the last 30 years.

His next visits are going to be to Bolivia and Paraguay, which he will be visiting for the second time since his papacy began in March 2013.

Pope Francis is often referred as the "Pope of the Poor" because of his concern for income equality since his early life.

He is also known to be a more approachable pontiff than his predecessors, and has a special concern for environmental problems.

A volunteer at a church in Ecuador said “Before Pope Francis, the Catholic Church was out of reach.”

According to Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao, the Pope requested to chew coca leaves while in Bolivia. If he does so, this could be considered to be a form of strong support for President Evo Morales’ campaign to decriminalise coca leaf consumption.

TRTWorld and agencies