From the Amazon, Francis decries policies that ‘strangle’ indigenous

January 19, 2018
By Joshua J. McElwee
National Catholic Reporter

Puerto Maldonado, Peru —
Pope Francis stood among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest Jan. 19 to criticize the ramp-up of the global extraction industry in the world’s most biodiverse region and decry local policies that he said “strangle” its some 350 native tribes.