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In Colombia, Pope Blesses Cornerstones of Structures for Victims of Human Trafficking, Homeless

In Cartagena, Pope Prays for Those Dedicated to Charity, Visits Elderly Volunteer

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Pope Francis has blessed the cornerstones of several homeless shelters and of the Talitha Qum Women’s Home.

During his five-day trip, the Pope has also spent time in Bogota, Villavicencio, and Medellin. Tomorrow, he flies back to Rome.

Arriving this morning in St. Francis of Assisi Square, where he would bless the first stone, some hundreds of people, including homeless and little girls assisted by the shelters, were present to see the Pope.
After Fr. Elkin Acevedo, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, addressed the Pontiff, and after the Pontiff gave his blessing, Pope Francis made a visit to the home of 77-year-old Lorenza, who has spent 50 years of work as a volunteer at the community’s cafeteria.

While blessing the cornerstone of the first house, the Holy Father said a prayer for those who devote themselves to charity and to pour upon them, the Lord’s blessings.

Below is the Vatican-provided text of the 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 faithfully and fully
in the person of their neighbor.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Vatican-provided text] [Original text: Spanish – working translation]  

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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