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Pope Francis' visit a respite for embattled Ecuadorean president

Pope Francis' visit a respite for embattled Ecuadorean president

While probably not his intention, Pope Francis handed embattled Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa a much-needed political respite — a de-facto if temporary truce with the legions of opponents who had been staging daily protests against the government. Many of those foes accused the leftist Correa of politicizing the pope's three-day stay in Ecuador, which ended Wednesday with the pontiff's departure to Bolivia. To be sure, the charismatic Correa was beaming as he greeted Francis on the tarmac in Quito upon his arrival Sunday. And what was supposed to be a brief courtesy visit by the pope to the president at his Carondelet palace on Monday ran much longer than...

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