In a Mass in Chiapas, Pope Francis denounces the exclusion of Mexico's native peoples

February 15, 2016 5:34 PM

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In a Mass sprinkled with indigenous languages and customs, Pope Francis Monday gave recognition to the "misunderstood" and "excluded" native peoples long repressed by Mexican power.

Traveling to the heart of indigenous Mexico, the pope presided over a sun-drenched religious ceremony in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas state — Mexico's poorest, on its southern border with Guatemala.

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