By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -
They're the children of children who've been living on the streets. Babies born to drug-addicted mothers. Youngsters who've seen horrible things or been abused.
Here, they find love.
It's a 2-year-old lovingly embraced by a staff member. A baby fed by a woman religious. A 3-year-old encouraged and given structure from his classroom teacher. A child with prosthetic leg helped by a physical therapist.
By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com Photos by Lisa Johnston | firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Louis missionaries to the poorest country in South America bring the Catholic faith to people there, showing them God's mercy and love. Their parish work is seen daily - often from sunrise to much beyond sunset. But it also reflects in the people of the parish, from children to older adults, who are empowered and inspired to serve others or to take up the cross of Christ.
In an address in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, Pope Francis said he didn't have a "recipe" for a perfect economic-social-political system, but he noted that the problems with the current system are obvious and the Gospel contains principles that can help.
As reported by Catholic News Service, activists at the meeting -- including labor union representatives and people who organize cooperatives for the poor who make a meager living recycling trash or farming small plots or fishing -- combat "many forms of exclusion and injustice," the pope said.