The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis began his tour of South America on Monday. It is a tour which spans Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Pope Francis is the first South American Pope and his week long tour is definitely a historic moment for South America as they boast a startling 40% of all Catholics. Pope Francis’s public perception as a lover of the poor perhaps influenced his decision to visit three of the poorest countries in the region.
An estimated half a million people showed up on Sunday to receive the Pope in Ecuador and many more gathered at the Vatican Embassy where the Pope spent the might.
The focus of the papal tour is said to be poverty and inequality.