Pope may chew coca leaves to fend off altitude sickness during Bolivia trip

June 30, 2015 7:07 PM

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican isn't ruling out that Pope Francis might chew coca leaves — or at least sip tea made from them — to fend off altitude sickness when he arrives in Bolivia next week.

Francis embarks on a South American tour Sunday that will take him to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. He is due to land Wednesday at La Paz airport, 13,000 feet above sea level.

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