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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

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]


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis':

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