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Militants burn down church in Chile

April 15, 2016

Accusing the local bishop of complicity with historic oppression, militants from the indigenous Mapuche people burned down a church in Cañete, Chile, on April 12.

It was the tenth Catholic church attacked by Mapuche militants over the past two years, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

The nation’s first Mapuche prelate, Bishop Jorge Enrique Concha Cayuqueo, ministers in a different diocese and told a Chilean newspaper that most of the Mapuche are Catholic-- and thus the Mapuche themselves are victims of the militants’ attacks.


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