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Pope will highlight indigenous issues and the Amazon during trip to South America

SANTIAGO, Chile - Pope Francis on Monday begins a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru that is expected to highlight the plight of the continent's indigenous peoples, the decimation of the Amazon rainforests and the struggles of immigrants and the poor.

The trip will mark the Argentine pope's fourth visit to South America, following his trip to Colombia in September.

A series of gasoline firebomb attacks on Roman Catholic churches in Chile before the pope's arrival has dramatized tensions in the church here, which has been riven by cases of clergy sexual abuse.

No one was injured in the attacks overnight Friday on three

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