Arriving in Bolivia, pope insists on church’s role in public life

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July 9, 2015

Pope Francis walks with Bolivian President Evo Morales and children in traditional dress as he arrives at El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8.  The airport is more than 13,000 feet above sea level. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-LAPAZ July 9, 2015.

Pope Francis walks with Bolivian President Evo Morales and children in traditional dress as he arrives at El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8. The airport is more than 13,000 feet above sea level. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

LA PAZ, Bolivia (CNS) — Praising Bolivia’s efforts to include all its citizens in the country’s economic, political and social life, Pope Francis also defended the record and the right of the Catholic Church to be an active member of society and the right of the bishops to comment on public issues.

The pope arrived an hour late July 8 in La Paz, a city almost 12,000 feet above sea level, where he was scheduled to spend only four hours because of the risks of altitude sickness.

Bolivia was the second leg of Pope Francis’ July 5-12 visit to Latin America. He arrived after a three-hour flight from Quito, Ecuador. In preparation for the elevation, he drank a blended herbal tea of coca leaves, chamomile flowers and anise seeds, according to one of the flight attendants.

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