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In Cartagena, pope prays for Venezuela, denounces modern slavery

Pope Francis accepted flowers from a girl as he arrives to visit the Shrine of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 10.

CARTAGENA, Colombia -- At the Church of St. Peter Claver, a saint venerated throughout the Americas as a champion of human rights, Pope Francis offered special prayers for Venezuela and its people suffering in the midst of a huge political and economic crisis.

"From this place, I want to assure my prayers for each of the countries of Latin America, especially for nearby Venezuela. I expressed my closeness to each of the sons and daughters of this beloved nation, as well as for those who have found in Colombia a place of welcome," he said Sept. 10 in Cartagena.

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