Pope Francis ended his visit to Colombia on Sunday, calling for an end to modern forms of slavery and a denunciation of political violence in neighboring Venezuela after a minor accident while riding his papal car, leaving a small bandage over his left eye.
The last day of the pope’s visit to Colombia began badly when he lost balance and bumped his head while riding the papal car. The pope was swollen in the bones of his cheek and was wounded in the face on the left side of his face. The blood stains of his white robe were stained.
The Vatican said it had been treated with snow and was fine. The Pope continued his journey with a bandage over his wound. “I was kicked, I’m fine,” he said jokingly. The tumor was visible on his face. The Pope flew from Bogota to Cartagena, one of the main destinations for tourists, and the hometown of St. Peter Claver, a Spanish priest who patronized slaves in Colombia in the 16th century, defying the gentlemen of the Spanish colonists who treated them as a fallow.
The pope has used this opportunity to rebuke modern slavery, human trafficking and defend the rights of migrants. Human rights groups estimate that millions of people worldwide are victims of human smuggling and modern forms of slavery such as forced labor and prostitution.
“Millions of people here in Colombia and in the world are still sold as slaves … They either wish to show some humanity or moments of tenderness or they are fleeing by sea or land because they have lost everything, primarily their dignity and their rights,” he said.
Pope Francis was the first pope of the Latin American continent and said he prayed for the prosperity of all nations on the continent, but particularly Venezuela, which is facing a social and economic crisis.
“I sympathize with all the sons and daughters of this beloved country and with all those who have found a place to welcome them here in Colombia,” he said, referring to the thousands of Venezuelans who crossed the border to find food and medicine.