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Pope Francis Visits Shrine of St. Peter Claver

In Cartagena, Pope Francis Pays Homage to Patron Saint of Colombia Who Cared for Slaves, Converted Many

after having blessed the cornerstones of several homeless shelters and of the Talitha Qum Women’s Home, the Pontiff paid homage to the saint.

Pope Francis is in his last full day of his five-day Apostolic Visit to Colombia, Sept. 6-11, 2017. Today, he is in Cartagena, after having visited Bogota, Villavicencio, and Medellin. Tomorrow, he flies back to Rome.

Born in Spain, Peter Claver came to Colombia and became a Jesuit priest. The 17th century saint spent most of his life caring for African slaves, namely those who arrived at the Port of Cartagena from Africa, and advocating for abolishing slave trade.

Despite the damage to his own reputation for having done so, Claver cared for the sick, often restoring them to health, and is said to have personally baptized some 300 thousand Africans.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. 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, and EWTN. 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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