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Bolivian president turns to Pope

Bolivian President Evo Morales has asked Pope Francis to send a papal envoy to mediate in the case of nine Bolivians imprisoned in neighbouring Chile. “I beg you to intervene in the best possible way to quickly resolve this case,” President Morales said in letter to Pope Francis. “Justice must conclude with the liberation of nine Bolivian functionaries.” He said the prisoners were being “deprived of their human rights.”

The nine Bolivians, including seven customs workers and two soldiers, were detained on March 19 in a border area and accused of robbery, carrying weapons and importing contraband.


‘Get messy’ Pope tells Canadian bishops

Catholics need to go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis has told the bishops of Quebec at their second meeting during a two-week ad limina visit. Pope Francis said: “You’ve got to go, and it’s going to be messy,” according to Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Evangelisation and the need for full involvement by lay Catholics in the Church’s mission were the key concerns of the Pope during the meetings. Archbishop Durocher said the Pontiff had urged the bishops to start immediately and be creative.

Pope Francis’ responses to the bishops’ questions and his comments on what they shared emphasised the need to step out and listen to people.