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Argentina-born Francis sees Peru's Buenos Aires

Pope Francis greets Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, after the pontiff celebrated a seaside Mass on Huanchaco Beach, near the city of Trujillo, Peru, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Francis travelled to an area of northern Peru that is frequently hit by "El Nino" storms and was inundated in 2017 by flooding that killed more than 150 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Pope Francis may not have returned to his native Argentina since becoming pontiff, but he is traveling through a Peruvian town with the same name as his birthplace.

People lined the streets Saturday in Buenos Aires, Peru, to greet Francis as he rode through on the popemobile. Some waved Argentine flags.

Like the sprawling, densely populated capital of Argentina, Peru's Buenos Aires is situated on the coast. The comparisons might end there, however.

The town of about 20,000 people consists mostly of simple one-story homes, many of which were damaged in El Nino storms last year when heavy rains caused by a warming of Pacific Ocean waters left more than 150 dead across the country.

The first pope from Latin America has traveled throughout the region since becoming pontiff five years ago but not Argentina.

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