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Pope Francis receives warm welcome in first visit to Latin America
Pope Francis returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff Sunday, stressing the importance of protecting the needy and the environment from exploitation. After Ecuador he will visit Bolivia and Paraguay, South America's two poorest countries.
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A man waits to attend the arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the El Alto International airport, at 4050 meters (13,615 feet) in El Alto, in the outskirt of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Due to the altitude, Pope Francis will spend only a few hours in the capital city La Paz, which is near El Alto, during his South American tour. Bolivia is the second of three countries Francis will be visiting on his tour of the continent.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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A woman has her picture taken by a street photographer with a life-size cutout image of Pope Francis as faithful wait for his arrival next to the cable card that connects El Alto with La Paz , Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Due to the altitude, Pope Francis will spend only a few hours in the capital city La Paz. Bolivia is the second of three countries Francis will be visiting on his tour of the continent.(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Indigenous faithful women wait to attend the arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the El Alto International airport, at 4050 meters (13,615 feet) in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Due to the altitude, Pope Francis will spend only a few hours in the capital city La Paz, which is near El Alto, during his South American tour. Bolivia is the second of three countries Francis will be visiting on his tour of the continent.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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A man stands by a large decorative cross decorated with a picture of Pope Francis as he waits for the pope's arrival at El Alto International airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Due to the altitude, the pontiff will spend only a few hours in the capital city La Paz, which is near El Alto, during his South American tour. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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A man chews coca leaves as he waits to attend the arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the El Alto International airport, at 4050 meters (13,615 feet) in El Alto, in the outskirt of La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Due to the altitude, Pope Francis will spend only a few hours in the capital city La Paz, which is near El Alto, during his South American tour. Bolivia is the second of three countries Francis will be visiting on his tour of the continent.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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People take pictures of Pope Francis as he leaves after celebrating Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis told faithful in Ecuador that being model Catholics is the best form of evangelization. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Faithful hold up the San Lorenzo soccer team banner, right, as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Argentine-born Francis, who is beginning his second full day of his South American tour, has long followed the Saints of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest teams in the Argentine Football Association. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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People wave to Pope Francis as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Francis arrived to cheers from a half-million people, some 300,000 of whom camped out overnight to score a good spot. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis kicked off his final full day in Ecuador on Tuesday with an open-air Mass in the capital. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis is beginning his second full day of his South American tour. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Pope Francis is surrounded by faithful as he arrives in his popemobile to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood, traveling to three South American nations: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis urged Latin Americans to channel the same urgency that brought them independence from Spain two centuries ago to spreading the faith on a continent where Catholicism is losing souls to other religious movements, using his final Mass in Ecuador on Tuesday to issue an appeal for the missionary church that he has championed. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The Mass featured readings in Quichua, the native language mostly spoken in Ecuador, and Ecuadorean vestments for the pope. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides in the popemobile through Samanes Park, where he will celebrate Mass, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. A crowd estimated at 1 million people, greeted Francis on the packed dirt of Samanes Park for a late-morning Mass. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis waved upon his arrival to the Mariscal Sucre International airport in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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A woman holds up a poster of Pope Francis in a crowd of thousands waiting for the start of a Mass at the Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Francis is taking it relatively easy on his first full day in Ecuador, making the quick flight to Guayaquil for the Mass, and then a lunch with a group of fellow Jesuits. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis arrives in Samanes Park in the Popemobile, where he will celebrate Mass, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He'll travel to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, which are beset by problems that concern him deeply, income inequality and environmental degradation.(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he makes his way to the main altar in the popemobile to celebrate Mass at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. The Pontiff is visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay on the occasion of his Apostolic trip from July 5 to July 12. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Church Hierarchy waited for the arrival of Pope Francis on the tarmac of the Mariscal Sucre International airport in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Hundreds of thousands greeted Francis on the packed dirt park for a late-morning Mass. Many had spent the night and some had walked for miles to reach the park on the city's northern outskirts. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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A woman waves a flag with the image of Pope Francis before the start of a Mass at the Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Hours before Francis arrives in Ecuadors port city of Guayaquil, thousands are already waiting in the Samanes Park where the pope is expected to celebrate Mass with up to 1 million people. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Samanes park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Latin America's first pope arrived in this port city on Monday for the first big event of a three-nation tour where he's set compassion for the weak and respect for the environment as central themes. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Faithful wait for the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate a Mass at the Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Francis travels to the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil on Monday for a Mass expected to draw more than 1 million people, as Latin America's first pontiff tours his home continent bringing a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis delivered his speech upon his arrival at Quito Airport, Ecuador as Ecuador's President Rafael Correa welcomed him. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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Pope Francis greeted, on board the Popemobile, a group of tens of thousands of people that were gathered along the route which traveled to Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday, July 5 , 2015. (AP Photo / Dolores Ochoa)

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A woman held up an Ecuadorian national flag in a crowd of thousands waiting in the Samanes Park for the start of an outdoor Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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People waited for the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate a Mass at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis proceeded to the main altar to celebrate Mass at Samanes Park, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis incensed the altar at the start of of an open air Mass at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. A crowd estimated at 1 million people greeted Francis on the packed dirt of Samanes Park for a late-morning Mass. Many had spent the night and some had walked for miles to reach the park on the city’s northern outskirts. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The 78-year-old pontiff, who has only one full lung, appears to be holding up well at the start of his eight-day, three-nation South American tour despite Quito's high altitude and a day spent in the scorching sun of coastal Guayaquil. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Francis told those gathered for the Mass that in a world divide by wars, violence and individualism, Catholics should be "builders of unity," bringing together hopes and ideals of their people. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis, behind, walks with his pastoral staff to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The papal spokesman says the staff is a replica of a wooden staff that was made for Francis by prisoners at an Italian detention facility but then was lost or damaged. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis, left, walks with his pastoral staff to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Francis told those gathered for the Mass that in a world divide by wars, violence and individualism, Catholics should be "builders of unity," bringing together hopes and ideals of their people. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Francis rides through the crowd in his popemobile as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis is beginning his second full day of his South American tour. At left a person holds up flags from Cuba and Peru. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis receives warm welcome in first visit to Latin America

Pope Francis returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff Sunday, stressing the importance of protecting the needy and the environment from exploitation. After Ecuador he will visit Bolivia and Paraguay, South America's two poorest countries.

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