Holy Father Pope Francis blessed the cornerstones of two houses of charity at St. Francis Assisi Square in Cartagena and visited the house of a local charity-worker, while on his Apostolic visit in Colombia. One cornerstone is destined for the Talitha Kum house for trafficked persons, and the other will serve as the foundation of a Homeless Shelter. Following the blessing of the cornerstones, His Holiness Pope Francis made a short visit to the house of Ms. Lorenza, a 77-year old woman who has worked for more than 50years as a volunteer at the local soup kitchen for the poor.

As reported by news.va, Holy Father Pope Francis blessed the cornerstones by praying “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of mercy, who in your Son you have given us an admirable example of charity and through Him you have strongly recommended to us the commandment to love; fill with your blessings these servants of yours, who wish to devote themselves generously to help their brothers; so that, in urgent needs, they may serve you faithfully and fully in the person of their neighbor. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

Talitha Kum is an International Network of Consecrated Life against human trafficking which was founded in 2009 by the International Unions of Superiors General.