He was to celebrate Mass in Cartagena's port Sunday before returning to Rome, ending a five-day visit highlighted by a huge prayer of reconciliation that brought together victims of Colombia's long-running conflict and demobilized guerrillas and paramilitary fighters.
"I hope that it will be rethought a little, because I have heard the President of the United States speak as a pro-life man".
Francis said that he would like to study the American policy more thoroughly, but he said he was troubled by the possibility of young immigrants in any nation being compelled to move away from their families. "If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity". Trump gave Congress six months to hash out how to handle the immigration status of these estimated 800,000 young people. He emphasized that "the relationship to their roots are very important for the young", and observed that "the young are uprooted today, they ask for help, they want to find again their roots, and that is why I insist very much on the dialogue between the young and the elderly". About a quarter of the DACA recipient population are parents of young children who are US citizens. Last year, the pope derided then-presidential candidate Trump's promise to fortify the border wall between the southern US border and Mexico as "not Christian".
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.
He said: "Those who deny this must go to the scientists and ask them".
A Vatican official said at the time that the USA move was a "slap in the face" for the pope and the Vatican. "We can't joke about it", he continued.
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"I do not know if the three years are true or not, but if we do not go back, we are going down!"
Francis said individuals and politicians had a "moral responsibility" to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of global warming. Roughly 66 percent of the current undocumented population in the United States has lived here for more than a decade, allowing them to build lives and contribute $11 billion in state and local tax contributions. Theirs is not an airy-fairy opinion, they are most clear.
"Then they decide and history will judge those decisions".
In his homily in Medellin, Pope Francis said that when Jesus's disciples first began following him, they had to go through a process of conversion and purification, changing the way they saw the relationship between Jewish law and faith in God.