In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, in La Paz, Bolivia. The crucifix is a replica, originally designed by Jesuit activist Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected paramilitaries during the months that preceded a military coup. Even though the Vatican was not expecting the unusual gift, it is seeking to explain the "Communist crucifix" given to Francis, saying it's a symbol of dialogue and not an offensive melding of faith and ideology. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
In this Friday, July 10, 2015 photo, Pope Francis waves from a car as he leaves Palmasola prison after visiting prisoners in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Pope Francis wrapped up his pilgrimage to Bolivia with a visit to its notoriously violent and overcrowded Palmasola prison, where inmates have the run of the place, drugs are cheaper than on the street and money buys survival. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo, faithful stand behind a wooden sign with a message that reads in Spanish; "Obligatory route" as they wait for Pope Francis to arrive and celebrate Mass at Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Francis rallied tens of thousands of Bolivians during his first public Mass in Bolivia on Thursday, one of the key days of his South American pilgrimage. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, nuns embrace at Independence square, while they wait for the Pope's arrival to the government palace in Quito, Ecuador. Pope Francis is making his first visit to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He travels to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. (AP Photo/Ana Buitron)
In this Friday, July 10, 2015 photo, a member of the security detail holds an umbrella over Pope Francis upon his arrival to the Silvio Pettirossi International airport in Asuncion, Paraguay. Francis is now in Paraguay, where he's set to spend three days for the last stop of his South America tour. Paraguay's government declared Friday and Saturday national holidays in honor of the pope's visit. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, Pope Francis leaves El Alto International airport towards La Paz aboard the popemobile, in El Alto, Bolivia. Due to the altitude, the Pontiff will spend only a few hours in the capital city La Paz, which is near El Alto, during his South American tour. Bolivia is the second of three countries Francis will be visiting on his tour of the continent. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides in the popemobile through Samanes Park, where he will celebrate Mass, in Guayaquil, Ecuador. A crowd estimated at 1 million people, greeted Francis on the packed dirt of Samanes Park for a late-morning Mass. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Friday, July 10, 2015 photo, Jair Ortega, age three, poses for a street photographer next to police special forces and a life-size cut out figure of Pope Francis, after the departure of the pope from Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Jair's mother asked the officers to pose with her son, saying he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, nuns arrive at Independence square, invited to attend the meeting of Pope Francis and Ecuador's President Rafael Correa in Quito, Ecuador. After a Mass in the port city of Guayaquil where hundreds of thousands listened to Pope Francis while standing in the hot sun, he will return to the Capital of Quito. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He'll travel to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. (AP Photo/Ana Buitron)
In this Friday, July 10, 2015 photo, clouds of ash fill the sky after an eruption by the Colima volcano, known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico. The volcano spewed ash more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) into the air and released some quantity of lava. People were advised to recognize a 3-mile (5-kilometer) perimeter around the peak. (AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco)
In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, accompanied by her protective detail, rides her bicycle near the official presidential residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. According to the Brazilian press, Rousseff has recently adopted the habit of pedaling every morning on the nearby roads. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, center left, leans in to listen to Colombia's Armed Forces Commander Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, during a military ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. Also pictured are Colombia's Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas, left, and Colombia's Police Chief Rodolfo Palomino, right. The event was a swearing-in ceremony for newly named commanders. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, an anti-government protester is pulled between police and fellow protesters during a demonstration demanding fair elections, near the Supreme Electoral Council in Managua, Nicaragua. Demonstrators are demanding clean elections for Nicaragua's 2016 general elections slated for November. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
In this Sunday, July 5, 2015 photo, Navy cadets march during a parade marking Venezuela's Independence Day in Caracas, Venezuela.The South American country is marking 204 years of independence. (AP Photos/Ariana Cubillos)
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Pope Francis visited three of South America's poorest nations, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, where he mingled with the meek and the mighty this past week.
Bolivian President Evo Morales gave the pontiff the most talked about gift of the whole trip — a crucifix in the shape of a hammer and sickle. The "Communist crucifix" as it became known is a replica of one designed by Jesuit activist Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected paramilitaries in Bolivia.
During one speech, Francis apologized for the sins and "crimes" committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas.
The pope ended his trip in Paraguay with a mass meeting with young people.
Elsewhere in Latin America, the Colima volcano in Mexico staged another of its periodic eruptions, spewing ash more than 4 miles into the sky that led authorities to evacuate several nearby hamlets.
Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff rode her bicycle near the Alvorada Palace presidential residence followed by her security detail as part of a new regimen of exercise.
In Peru, former President Alberto Fujimori was in court again trying to get his sentence for corruption and murder annulled. He is serving 25 years for crimes committed during his presidency.
Members of the opposition in Nicaragua clashed with police during a protest demanding fair election. Several legislators were beaten and also detained and but eventually released.
In Venezuela, cadets shouted while participating in the Independence Day military parade.