Papal visit to Colombia



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Pope Francis is on the road again this week, traveling to Colombia Sept. 6-11 on a trip that shapes up as a high-wire act both diplomatically and politically. He’ll be trying to lend his moral support to a peace process designed to end the world’s longest-running civil conflict, during a time span that also includes the 16thanniversary of 9/11. Crux’s Inés San Martín will be on the papal plane with Francis along the way, providing full coverage.

  • Pope’s trip to Colombia felt like a victory lap for an entire nation

    Pope’s trip to Colombia felt like a victory lap for an entire nation

    • Sep 13, 2017

    Although some feared going in that Pope Francis’s Sept. 6-11 trip to Colombia could actually worsen divisions in the country over a controversial peace deal rather than promoting reconciliation, in the end the jubilant swing through four cities felt like a victory lap for the entire nation and its capacity to build a different kind of future.

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  • Pope Francis on Trump’s threat to DACA: That’s not “pro-life”

    Pope Francis on Trump’s threat to DACA: That’s not “pro-life”

    • Sep 11, 2017

    In remarks to reporters travelling back to Rome from Colombia on Monday, Pope Francis said he hasn’t studied the fine print of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA program, but in general dividing families isn’t “pro-life” because the family is the “cradle of life.” He also had sharp words for climate change skeptics, saying they should talk to a scientist.

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  • Pope urges Venezuela to find peaceful solution to ‘grave crisis’

    Pope urges Venezuela to find peaceful solution to ‘grave crisis’

    • Sep 10, 2017

    Heading into his Sept. 6-11 trip to Colombia, one major question was whether Pope Francis would use the occasion to address the worsening political and economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela. The pontiff answered that from the outset, using the outbound flight to pray for “beautiful stability” for Venezuela, and he returned to the theme Sunday, saying he prays for a peaceful solution to the country’s “grave crisis.”

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  • Pope wraps Colombia trip standing with poorest of the poor

    Pope wraps Colombia trip standing with poorest of the poor

    • Sep 10, 2017

    Pope Francis on Sunday wrapped up his Sept. 6-11 trip to Colombia, an outing in which he strove mightily to promote peace and reconciliation in a country scarred by a five-decade civil war, in the company of the people he loves the most: The poorest of the poor, including young women who are recovering victims of human trafficking. He told them God teaches through the example of the humble and discarded.

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  • Pope suffers minor injury in Colombia reaching out to the crowd

    Pope suffers minor injury in Colombia reaching out to the crowd

    • Sep 10, 2017

    Pope Francis suffered a minor injury on the last day of his Sept. 6-11 trip to Colombia, stumbling in the Popemobile as he was reaching out to a member of the crowd when the vehicle stopped abruptly, and he struck his face against a metal bar. Despite visible bruising and swelling, a spokesman said the pontiff is just fine, and continued his schedule as planned.

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  • In Caribbean Colombia, Jesuits continue legacy of St. Peter Claver

    In Caribbean Colombia, Jesuits continue legacy of St. Peter Claver

    • Sep 10, 2017

    Pope Francis concludes his five-day visit to Colombia in Cartagena today. There, he is sure to refer to St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who promoted human rights and fought slavery. He also will pray the Angelus outside the parish where St. Peter watched slave ships arrive in the late 1500s and offered humane treatment to those arriving in chains.

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