Shamans perform a ritual at a beach in Lima, to welcome and protect Pope Francis during his visit to Peru.
Peruvian shamans said on Wednesday they expect good news from the visit of Pope Francis to the Andean nation, and held rituals on a beach near Lima to give him strength to fight against accusations of sexual abuse that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church.
Dressed in ponchos, the shamans passed rue leaves — believed to ward off evil and bring good luck — over photos of the Argentine pontiff, and stood by the ocean playing percussion instruments.
He will visit the Amazon jungle city of Puerto Maldonado and the northern city of Trujillo as well as the capital, Lima.
“I see it going very well, above all in Trujillo and Puerto Maldonado. There will be good news and we ask the pope to pray with all the Andean priests,” said shaman Juan Osco, as he tossed flower petals over the pope’s image.