A number of church buildings in Chile had been attacked or vandalised forward of a discuss with through Pope Francis subsequent week.
3 church buildings within the capital Santiago have been broken through firebombs. Some flyers left at the back of warned that the following one was once for the Pope.
However at any other church south of the capital, a pamphlet used a word that refers to activism within the indigenous Mapuche territory.
President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as “very peculiar”.
“In a democracy, other folks can categorical themselves so long as they do it in a relaxed manner,” she instructed a radio station on Friday, including that the assaults may just now not but be tied to a selected crew.
No person has been arrested for the assaults, which brought about no accidents. The Vatican is but to remark.
Pope Francis has made compassion and fortify for migrants and the needy a big theme of his papacy. However notes left at some of the attacked church buildings reportedly complained that cash spent on his discuss with may well be higher used at the deficient.
The Pope will grasp mass on Tuesday in a Santiago park and masses of hundreds of individuals are anticipated to end up.
The pontiff may also meet Mapuche leaders on his discuss with to Chile.
They are saying huge privately owned estates and enormous trees plantations have left their lands within the excessive south of Chile environmentally depleted and their other folks mired in poverty, says BBC International Provider Americas Editor Candace Piette.
The pontiff, the primary Latin American Pope, will shuttle to Peru after Chile.