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A bruised Pope Francis during his visit to the Sanctuary of St Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

A bruised Pope Francis during his visit to the Sanctuary of St Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

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A bruised Pope Francis during his visit to the Sanctuary of St Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia

Pope Francis suffered a black eye after hitting his head on the so-called Popemobile when his vehicle stopped suddenly.

The pontiff was met by hundreds of well-wishers in Cartagena, Colombia, on the last day of his visit to the south American country.

He lost his balance when his motorcade came to an abrupt halt, bruising his left eye and cutting his left eyebrow which dripped blood onto his cassock.

The 80-year-old later prayed at the tomb of St Peter Claver, the 17th century missionary who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who were brought to be sold through Cartagena's port during Spanish colonial times.

Pope Francis travelled to Colombia to help solidify the government's peace deal with leftist rebels. For the second day in a row, he also made an off-the-cuff denunciation of drug dealers and traffickers.

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