Pope Francis prays for Peru amid deepening crisis
By James Blears
The crisis in Peru deepens following the impeachment of its leader and ensuing protest demanding elections.
Ongoing protests have killed 20 people and the death toll is expected to rise.
The new President of Peru Dina Boluarte who replaced impeached President Pedro Castillo, continues to appeal for calm.
Papal appeal for peace
Speaking at the Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the Latin American nation.
President Boluarte is calling for elections as soon as practically possible. She has criticized Congress for dragging its feet on this.
Protesters are calling for her resignation, but she says not, stressing that this would resolve nothing.
Meanwhile, Mr. Castillo is behind bars and faces quite some time languishing there before facing rebellion charges, which carries a sentence of ten years, if found guilty.
Peru's Council of State, which includes politicians and senior members of the Church, have met and stated they will go to affected areas, trying to establish a dialogue with demonstrators, pledging elections in the coming year.