RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis is backing the defense of the environment and the church's work to protect the Amazon region.
During his ongoing trip to Brazil, Francis said Saturday that the Catholic Church must build on its centuries of work in the Amazon, where nuns and priests have helped defend poor farmers and Indians.
American nun Dorothy Stang was shot to death in 2005 because of that activism.
Francis told bishops the church must train more indigenous priests so that it can have a more "Amazonian face."
Earlier in the day, the pontiff delighted a crowd gathered in Rio de Janeiro's municipal theater when he met with Indians onstage.
One Indian man handed the pontiff a feather headdress, and the pope promptly put it on, to the surprise of the crowd.