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Bruised, not broken: Pope encourages Colombians to pursue peace

Pope Francis waved to people Sept. 8 upon entering Catama field in Villavicencio, Colombia. The pope beatified Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Maria Ramirez.

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Pope Francis said he had no magic words or special recipes for Colombians seeking peace, but rather he wanted to listen to them, learn from them and travel a bit of the road with them.

He had a small accident on the road Sept. 10 in Cartagena, the last city and last day of his five-day trip: Riding in the popemobile down a street packed with people who wanted to see him, Pope Francis turned and bashed his face on the edge of the window, cutting his eyebrow and provoking a sizable bump on his left cheekbone.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Witness of Colombian people a wealth for the Church

Pope Francis touched near his eye as he talked with Father Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household, during his general audience Sept. 13 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s face was bruised from hitting the popemobile when it stopped suddenly during his trip in Colombia.

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's long and arduous path toward reconciliation and a lasting peace after nearly half a century of war is a sign of hope for all Christians, Pope Francis said.

Papal interview on the plane: Pope says he hopes Trump reconsiders DACA decision

Pope Francis gestured as he listened to a question from a journalist aboard his flight from Cartagena, Colombia, to Rome Sept. 10. In the interview, Pope Francis spoke about President Trump's recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA-- Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said.

Flying from Colombia back to Rome late Sept. 10, Pope Francis was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

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.

Defend life, equality, unity, pope tells Colombians

Pope Francis greeted young people prior to Mass at Simon Bolivar Park in Bogota, Colombia, Sept. 7.

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Consolidating peace in Colombia will mean overcoming "the darkness" of inequality and a lack of respect for human life, Pope Francis said.

"Here, as in other places, there is a thick darkness which threatens and destroys life," the pope said in his homily at a late-afternoon Mass Sept. 7 in Bogota's Simon Bolivar Park.

Colombian authorities said more than 1.1 million people gathered in the park for the Mass. Many of them were soaked in a rainstorm before the pope arrived, but as Mass began, bits of blue sky began to appear.

Be the first to take a step for peace, pope says at Mass with victims

Pope Francis waved to people upon entering Catama field in Villavicencio, Colombia, Sept. 8. The pope beatified Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Maria Ramirez.

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- If just one victim of Colombia's civil war forgives his or her aggressor, it can set off a chain reaction of hope for reconciliation and peace, Pope Francis said.

Celebrating Mass Sept. 8 in Villavicencio, a city filled with those who fled their homes during the war and with former fighters trying to start over, Pope Francis pleaded for honesty and courage.

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