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Pope Francis Missed His Chance to Speak Up on Rights in the Americas

On Sunday, Pope Francis ended an eagerly anticipated visit to Chile and Peru, his sixth trip to Latin America as pope. The visit was an opportunity for him to set the record straight regarding several human rights concerns. For many, it ended in serious disappointment. Pope Francis could have clarified his views on the abusive rule of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which has sunk that country into the deepest human rights crisis in Venezuela’s recent history. Yet during his week in Latin America, the pope didn’t say a word in public about the crisis. It wasn’t because he lacked the opportunity.…

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