Pope Francis visits a home for abandoned children in Medellin
Pope Francis on Saturday (September 9) urged Colombians to “see the love of Jesus,” as he visited a home for 300 abandoned children in Medellin.
On his penultimate day in Colombia, Francis flew to Medellin, the city northwest of the capital that was once notorious as the stomping grounds of drug lord Pablo Escobar.
His visit came after he had given Mass an outdoor Mass where urged Colombians to help their fellow citizens who hunger for food, dignity and God, pressing his appeal for the South American country to tackle social inequality.
The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has brought a message of national reconciliation as the country tries to heal the wounds left by a 50-year civil war and bitter disagreements over last year’s peace deal with leftist guerrillas that some say lets them off too leniently.