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By Girish Gupta and Philip Pullella QUITO (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on people across Latin America to turn to their common Christian roots as an inspiration to resolve differences when he said Mass for nearly one million Catholics in the Ecuadorean capital on Tuesday. In his homily, the Argentine pontiff praised the conviction and strength in the "cry for freedom" during the region's independence struggle from European powers 200 years ago. "But history tells us that it only made headway once personal differences were set aside," the Pope told the crowd gathered at Quito's Bicentenario Park against the backdrop of the Andean mountains on his third day in Ecuador.
Two Taliban suicide attacks just an hour apart killed one person and wounded five in Kabul on Tuesday, as an Afghan delegation travelled to Pakistan for talks with the militants. Insurgents attacked a NATO convoy and an office of the Afghan spy agency in the capital as the Taliban pressed ahead with their bloody summer offensive despite recent moves towards dialogue. President Ashraf Ghani said on Twitter that a team from the High Peace Council (HPC), the body tasked with opening talks with the Taliban, had gone to Islamabad to meet the militants.