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Bolivia religious debate: The Bible vs. Andean earth deity

By Brady McCombs — January 27, 2020

(AP) — For 14 years under its first indigenous president, Bolivians saw Christian symbols replaced with the Andean deity Pachamama, but a new president has vowed to bring back the Bible.

Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more

By Eduardo Campos Lima — July 29, 2019

(RNS) — The new law marks a turning point for Protestant denominations that have historically tended to keep their distance from politics.

For Native Americans, a river is more than a ‘person.’ It’s also a sacred place

By Rosalyn R. LaPier — October 9, 2017

(The Conversation) If a suit by an environmental group asking for personhood rights for the Colorado River is successful, it would mean lawsuits can brought on behalf of the river for any harm done to it, as if it were a person.

Thousands of Bolivian Catholics break rocks to change fortunes

By RNS staff — August 17, 2016

(Reuters) This unique ritual, mixing Catholic and local culture, hits a sweet spot with many pilgrims from around the country and abroad.

Pope calls for new economic order, criticizes capitalism

By Reuters — July 9, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) “Let us not be afraid to say it: we want change, real change, structural change,” the pope said, decrying a system that “has imposed the mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature.”

Pope Francis praises social reforms in Bolivia (and sips coca leaf and chamomile tea)

By Reuters — July 9, 2015

Leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales presented the pope with a wooden crucifix — carved on a hammer and sickle. Francis spoke of how material wealth must not foster selfishness.

Pope comes ‘home’ to South America to defend planet and the poor

By Reuters — July 5, 2015

QUITO (Reuters) Tens of thousands lined the streets as Francis’ motorcade drove into the city, some pushing through a police line. Well-wishers threw gifts at the popemobile, including two live white doves.

Pope plans to chew coca leaves in Bolivia

By Reuters — June 29, 2015

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) Although it is the key ingredient in cocaine, the unprocessed leaf is legal to use and still widely chewed in Bolivia and other Andean countries.

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