PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (RNS) — Pope Francis’ trip to Peru a year ago included a visit to a biodiverse region, where a Swiss priest has for decades sought to bring global attention to environmental and social devastation caused by illegal gold mining.

Despite years of effort — and the pope’s visit — little has changed, said Xavier Arbex.

“It’s so frustrating, to the point that I almost do not want to receive journalists anymore,” the 75-year-old

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