This past weekend, Catholic news was all about the Pope’s historic, five-day visit to Colombia. This was the Pope’s 20th international apostolic journey and his mission was to promote reconciliation in the Catholic-majority country which has been hesitant to offer forgiveness to each other after decades of mistrust, violence and war.
After the final Mass in Cartagena yesterday, the Pope had a very special message for the people of Colombia. He invited all Colombians not to be content with “taking the first step”. “Instead", he said, "let us continue our journey anew each day, going forth to encounter others and to encourage concord and fraternity. We cannot just stand still.These have been intense and beautiful days; I have been able to meet many people and to experience many things that have touched me deeply.”
Finally, the Holy Father had one final exhortation. “Colombia, your brothers and sisters need you. Go out to meet them. Bring them the embrace of peace, free of all violence. Be “slaves of peace, forever”. SLAVES OF PEACE, FOREVER.”
And without a doubt, it was a very emotional time for the people of Colombia, with many very beautiful moments captured over the past five days. Here now is a quick recap of this historic journey from CNS.
On the flight back to Rome, the Pope held his usual, off-the-cuff press conference with members of the press who accompanied him on this trip. He spoke on a wide range of topics, one of which included President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The Pope said he did hear of Trump's decision, but hadn't had time to study the details yet. However, the Pope said, “that uprooting young people from their families is not something that will bear fruit." “I hope he rethinks it a bit," the Pope said, "because I've heard the president of the United States speak. He presents himself as a man who is pro-life, a good pro-lifer. If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and its unity must be defended."
The Pope said, “people must be very careful not to dash the hopes and dreams of young people or make them feel "a bit exploited," because the results can be disastrous, leading some to turn to drugs or even suicide.
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