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Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church. Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope two weeks ago about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chiles most notorious paedophiles, said the issue…

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Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

UK demand for fruit increased by 27% last year alone, prompting accusations that growers are illegally diverting rivers and leaving locals without water British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought. Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chiles largest avocado-producing province, Petorca, where water rights have been violated. In Petorca, many avocado plantations install illegal pipes and wells in order to divert water…

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Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation

President Bachelet signs unprecedented measure into law after founder of Patagonia firm donates 1m acres of private land Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation Ex-CEO of Patagonia firm donates 1m acres of private land President Bachelet signs unprecedented measure into law Jonathan Franklin in Valle Chacabuco @FranklinBlog First published on Mon 29 Jan 2018 13.37EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The parks will preserve vast tracts of Patagonia, and were signed into law on Monday by Chiles president Michelle…

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‘Essential rights’: Chile’s President Bachelet introduces gay marriage bill

Signed a week after the countrys landmark easing of its abortion ban, the bill is expected to allow same-sex couples to adopt children The Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin Americas most conservative nations. In 2015, Chiles congress that will allow abortion in some circumstances. Before that, Chile was one of only a handful of countries in the world that outlawed terminating a pregnancy in any situation, including when a womans…

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