Pope Francis jokes he doesn`t `do drugs`

Pope Francis on Monday joked that he did not have to "take drugs" when questioned by a journalist as to the secret of his energy during a whirlwind tour of three Latin American countries.

Pope visits Bolivia`s most dangerous prison

Pope Francis ventured Friday into a violent, overcrowded and gang-ridden Bolivian prison that even houses children living with their parents, hugging and kissing inmates and urging them not to yield to the "devil."

Shun gangs, have hope, Pope tells inmates at violent Bolivian jail

Saying he too had made mistakes and sinned, Pope Francis on Friday urged inmates at one of Latin America`s most violent prisons to shun gang violence and exhorted guards to treat them with dignity.

Pope calls for ''end to discarding people''
Pope calls for ''end to discarding people''

 Pope Francis has called for "an end to discarding people" and said that given so much hunger in the world, we must not simply say "the accounts don`t balance" but rather feed the poor.

Bolivia's Morales doubtful of full diplomatic ties with US soon

Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Thursday he wanted to restore full diplomatic relations with the United States but doubted this would happen soon, even after the recent rapprochement between Washington and former Cold War enemy Cuba.

Pope slams consumerism at mass in poor Bolivia

Pope Francis, a champion of the poor and social justice, on Thursday called on a million faithful to reject today`s consumer society, at an open-air mass in Bolivia, South America`s poorest nation.

Pope to meet representatives for workers, poor in Bolivia

Pope Francis reached the halfway mark of his South American pilgrimage on Thursday, celebrating his first Mass in Bolivia and meeting with workers' cooperatives and other grass-roots groups representing the poor whose causes have long been championed by history's first Latin American pope.

Pope lauds Bolivia's social reforms as relations thaw
Pope lauds Bolivia's social reforms as relations thaw

Pope Francis on Wednesday praised Bolivia`s social reforms to spread wealth under leftist President Evo Morales and urged the world not to view prosperity as material wealth, which he warned only breeds corruption and conflict.

Pope takes message of inclusion to Bolivia

Pope Francis greeted Bolivians with a message of inclusion Wednesday, a central theme of his three-nation tour to his home continent, as he arrived in South America`s poorest nation.

Pope's ''homecoming'' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis showed his sense of humour during the last few hours of his trip to Ecuador on Wednesday, straying from a prepared speech to joke with people who came to see him at a shrine near the highland capital Quito.

Pope's 'homecoming' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis flies to Bolivia on Wednesday after drawing about 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a "homecoming" tour, where he urged the world to take better care of the environment and the poor.

Pope's 'homecoming' tour moves from Ecuador to Bolivia

Pope Francis flies to Bolivia on Wednesday after drawing about 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a "homecoming" tour, where he urged the world to take better care of the environment and the poor.

Pope Francis celebrates Ecuador mass with huge crowd

Pope Francis celebrated an open-air mass with hundreds of thousands of faithful under scorching heat in Ecuador on Monday, calling for more help for families on his return to his home region.

Throng greets Pope Francis for Ecuador mass

Hundreds of thousands of faithful greeted Pope Francis with cheers and flags in scorching heat on Monday for the first open-air mass of his three-nation trip to South America.

Pope Francis to focus on poor in South America trip

 Pope Francis left Rome on Sunday to embark on his first South American trip in two years, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay -- but not his native Argentina.

In land of Pachamama, Bolivians hope for pope of ''good intentions''

At a "Witches Market" in the Bolivian city of El Alto, dried llama fetuses said to bring good fortune hang outside tin shack stalls while healers read the future in coca leaves and call on ancient spirits to cure ills.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent
Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America`s `peripheral` countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

Bolivian villagers ban booze, set curfew over crimes

The police car lights flashed in the dark and dusty streets of the Bolivian mountain village of La Asunta. The officers approached two boys and told them: "Go home, there`s a curfew."

Coca leaves on the menu for Pope`s visit to Bolivia
Coca leaves on the menu for Pope`s visit to Bolivia

 Pope Francis has not confirmed whether he will chew coca leaves on his trip to Bolivia but may well do so given his respect for local customs, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Peru beats Bolivia 3-1 to reach Copa America semi-finals
Peru beats Bolivia 3-1 to reach Copa America semi-finals

Brazilian-based striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick as Peru swept aside Bolivia 3-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final showdown with fierce rivals Chile on Thursday.