Colombia: Pope appeals for ‘rejection of violence in political life’

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Colombia: Pope appeals for ‘rejection of violence in political life’

By Devin Watkins and Linda Bordoni/ Vatican Radio

Pope Francis appealed for “the rejection of all violence in political life” and for an end to the crisis in Venezuela, while on his Apostolic Visit to Colombia.

The Holy Father made the appeal following the prayer of the Angelus on Sunday, September 10, in Cartagena.

In greetings following the Angelus, Pope Francis said, “I assure all of you of my prayers for each of the countries of Latin America, and in a special way for neighbouring Venezuela.”

He expressed his closeness to the people of Venezuela, “as well as to all those who have found a place of welcome here in Colombia.”

“I appeal for the rejection of all violence in political life and for a solution to the current grave crisis, which affects everyone, particularly the poorest and most disadvantaged of society,” he said.

Finally, Pope Francis asked the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede “for all the world’s needs and for every one of her children.”

POPE BLESSES CORNERSTONES OF TWO CHARITY HOUSES IN COLOMBIA

Pope Francis on Sunday blessed the cornerstones for two new charity houses at St. Francis of Assisi Square in Cartagena and visited the house of a local charity-worker, while on his Apostolic Visit to Colombia.

One cornerstone is destined for the Talitha Kum house for trafficked persons, and the other will serve as the foundation of a Homeless Shelter.

The Holy Father blessed the cornerstones with the following prayer:

“Let us pray. Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of mercy, Who in your Son You have given us an admirable example of charity and through Him you have strongly recommended to us the commandment to love; fill with your blessings these servants of yours, who wish to devote themselves generously to the help of their brothers; so that, in urgent needs, they may serve you

Following the blessing of the cornerstones, Pope Francis made a short visit to the house of Ms. Lorenza, a 77-year old woman who has worked for more than 50 years as a volunteer at the local soup kitchen for the poor.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 22:06
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