The Pope discovered in Colombians "a life force". to respond to the problems of violence and the "scourge" of drug trafficking.
The blow to the popemobile Pope Francis suffered in Cartagena, which was felt millions of Colombians who for five days had followed his steps, gestures and words. The incident caused a small wound on his eyebrow and a bruise on his left cheekbone, but none of this stopped his rhythm. He was quickly attended to and went on with the scheduled agenda. It was one more lesson of strength and dedication that he left in Colombia.
Two days after his return to Rome, on September 13, he appeared at the Wednesday general audience with a black eye and a bruised cheekbone. There he thanked the Colombians for their warm welcome and affection. "A joyful people among so much suffering, but joyful; a people with hope."
Hope that the Pope was able to observe among the people he heard and greeted in Bogota, Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena. This is how he recalled it in the audienceOne of the things that impressed me in all the cities, in the crowd, were the fathers and mothers with children, who lifted the children for the Pope to bless them, but also proudly taught.... Full text for subscribers only.