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Pope Francis meets with indigenous in FAO: We can no longer ignore these scourges to our planet

After his address to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the pope met with these indigenous people. 

He received many gifts from them such as these.

“Where are you from?"

“I'm from Brazil, from the Amazon.”

He listened to one of the delegate's member give a speech, before presenting his own.

“We greatly appreciate the messages you have given to the world about us.”

“The presence of you all here shows that environmental issues are of extreme importance. It invites us to examine once again our planet, wounded in many regions by human greed and armed conflicts that generate many ills and misfortunes. It is also caused by natural catastrophes that leave hardship and devastation. We can no longer ignore these scourges.”

The UN has estimated that indigenous people make up 15 percent of the world's poor. In total there are about 370 million indigenous people across the globe.