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Pope Francis' visit to South America shifts to troubled Amazon

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - Pope Francis' South America visit shifts focus Friday to one of the world's most challenging but critical environments - the Amazon rain forest - where both the land and native peoples face threats from illegal logging, illicit mining and other activities.

On the fifth day of his swing through Chile and Peru, Francis is scheduled to fly here to Puerto Maldonado, the southeastern Peruvian town

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