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Pope Francis' message of hope to poorest

By AP Reporter

Published 14/07/2015

Pope Francis at the Chapel of Juan Bautista in Banado Norte
Pope Francis at the Chapel of Juan Bautista in Banado Norte

Pope Francis has strengthened his place as spokesman for the world's disenfranchised by visiting a slum in Paraguay to encourage its landless to work for change with the Church.

The Pope ended his South American pilgrimage with a huge Mass and words of hope and faith for young and old.

On the final day before flying off to Rome, Francis sought to offer a message of hope to the residents of the Banado Norte shanty-town and to an estimated one million people.

"How much pain can be soothed, how much despair can be allayed in a place where we feel at home," Francis said.

Then he outlined his vision of the church: "Welcoming those who do not think as we do, who do not have faith or who have lost it.

"Welcoming the persecuted, the unemployed.

"Welcoming the different cultures, of which our Earth is so richly blessed. Welcoming sinners."

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