Pope Francis prays with delegates from community organizing groups that are affiliated with the West/Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation after a private meeting in his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Sept. 14, 2023. (CNS photo/Courtesy of West/Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis told a group of U.S. community organizers that their work was "atomic," Jorge Montiel said, "I thought, ‘Oh, you mean we blow things up?’"

But instead, the pope spoke about how the groups associated with the West/Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation in the United States take issues patiently, "atom by atom," and end up […]

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