Pope Francis suffers black eye in Colombia

Lorenza Perez greets Pope Francis as he visits her home Sunday in Cartagena on the last day of his trip to Colombia

Lorenza Perez greets Pope Francis as he visits her home Sunday in Cartagena on the last day of his trip to Colombia. L'Osservatore Romano via AP

However, the decision has been met with harsh criticism, including from us bishops, who said ending the program was a "national tragedy" for all parties and argued that it is unfair to deport young people who did not make the choice to come to the usa, but who nevertheless have contributed to the country by holding down jobs, going to college and even serving in the nation's armed forces.

"The other day came the news of that Russian ship that went from Norway to Japan and crossed the North Pole without finding ice", Francis said. They speak very clearly.

Francis is pointing out an obvious but accurate trope about Republicans in the country: that they only care about a life when it is the womb, but then as soon as it gets out and needs healthcare or a living wage or asks to stop being fatally shot in traffic stops by police, Republicans are suddenly not interested in that life any more.

While in the city he also paid a visit to the home of St Peter Claver, a 17th-century Jesuit priest who performed Catholic rites for slaves in defiance of their colonial masters who treated them as chattel.

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.

Pope Francis is echoing the majority of Americans who are questioning Donald Trump's decision to end Barack Obama's Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Pope Francis said he read a report citing a university study that asserted humanity has only three years to reduce the pace of climate change before it's too late.

Steve Bannon, who until recently was Trump's chief strategist, accused the bishops of having an ulterior motive in advocating for families affected by the decision to revoke DACA.

A spokesman for the Vatican, Greg Burke, told reporters: "The pope is all right". "I think what I see there is a fight for political interests".

Pope Francis used the trip to urge common people in Colombia, all good Catholics to shun vengeance and to leave behind the bloody 50-year civil war. "They are very clear", he said. "History will judge their decisions".

Noting that "the scientists say clearly what are the roads to follow", Francis emphasized that "all of us have a responsibility...and I believe we must take it seriously". Dependency on drugs and other substances, as well as suicide, also provoke hopelessness, he said, which happens when youth are disconnected from their roots.

What they were doing, he said, was saying, "This is my treasure. He is the only animal that falls into the same pit twice", Francis said, although it was not immediately evident to what biblical passage he was referring.

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