Pope Francis suffers black eye in Colombia

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

Pope leaves Colombia with prayers for peace

"If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity".

"He often ministered to these slaves simply through evangelizing gestures", the pope said, because he did not know their languages and they did not know Spanish.

Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference aboard a plane to Rome at the end of his visit to Colombia on September 11, 2017. He suffered a bruise to his cheekbone and a cut above his left eye but was otherwise unharmed. "No more exploitation!" In turn, Trump suggested the Mexican government got Francis to take a stand on immigration.

While in Colombia, Francis refrained from making any public comments about the deteriorating political and humanitarian situation next door in Venezuela, though he did meet briefly with a delegation of Venezuelan bishops.

"Those who deny [climate change] should go to scientists and ask them", Pope Francis said. "They speak very clearly".

A spokesperson for the Vatican confirmed there would be no changes to the pope's up coming schedule, and he is fine. The 80-year-old quipped: "I was punched". "And the scientists have told us clearly what the paths to follow are".

"All of us have a responsibility, all of us, small or large, a moral responsibility". "We have to take this seriously".

"This woman became a model for all those who, in different ways, seek to restore the dignity of our brothers and sisters lost through the pain of life's wounds, to restore the dignity of those who are excluded", the pope said.

"They (world leaders) decide and history will judge those decisions", he added.

"We could ask the pope to intervene directly for dialogue", said Venezuelan housewife Nancy Pugliese, 35, who attended Francis's visit in Cartagena.

But the other reason, he said, is nearly always money.

"Removing young people from their families is not going to have a positive effect on either the youngsters or their families", the pontiff said during a press conference on the return leg of a five-day Colombia trip.

Politicians and diplomats can do all the right things to negotiate peace deals, he said, but if the nation's people aren't on board, peace will not be lasting. Pope flew back to Rome later on Sunday, concluding his four-city tour.

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