- Inés San Martín
- Dec 17, 2017
In three out of four of his overseas trips in 2017, Francis had to measure his words and deeds very carefully, knowing that saying too much — or too little — could have been dangerous.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.