Pope Francis delivers a mass at Nu Guazu field in the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay on July 12, 2015. The Pope finishes Sunday his Latin American tour. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata
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Pope Francis put into practice his call for the world's poor and powerless to not be left on the margins of society by visiting a flood-prone slum outside Asuncion on Sunday and insisting that the Catholic Church be a place of welcome for all -- sick and sinners alike.On the final day of his three-nation South American tour, Francis sought to offer a message of hope and mission to the residents of the Banado Norte shantytown and to hundreds of thousands of people gathered for his farewell Mass in a military field.The backdrop for the altar at Mass was a remarkable sight: A huge triptych with the pope's Jesuit IHS insignia over the central altar, flanked by images of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, on one side and the founder of his Jesuit religious order, St. Ignatius Loyola, on the other.Francis returns to Rome Sunday night.
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