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Blessed Are the Poor: Pope Francis Visits Paraguay Slum

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

On the last day of his pilgrimage to his native Latin America, Pope Francis practiced what he preaches, and visited a slum.
Hours before he was due to fly back to Rome, wrapping up an week-long visit that also took him to Ecuador and Bolivia, the Pope went to Banado Norte, a flooding-prone slum in the outskirts of Paraguay's capital Asuncion, where about 1500 families live in extreme poverty.
While he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he often visited the city's slums, home to many Paraguayan immigrants. After hearing the locals stories, the Pope told them, "I have looked forward to being with you today. I could not come to Paraguay without spending some time with you, here on your land."


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