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Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope's agenda

Ecuador's largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis's agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa. The head of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities, Jorge Herrera, said Roman Catholic Church officials never responded clearly to the group's request to meet directly with Francis during his three days in the country. "It seems we're not being permitted a direct voice," he said late Monday. The pope has made outreach to indigenous people a persistent theme during his three-nation South American tour. He has said indigenous peoples are the most vital stewards of...

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