The Latest: Pope offers up to the Madonna 2 medals of honor given to him by Bolivian president

Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:


9:45 a.m.

Pope Francis has offered up to the Madonna the two medals of honor that Bolivian President Evo Morales gave him upon his arrival.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Francis made the offering Friday morning after celebrating Mass. Francis generally doesn't accept honorary medallions or awards, and Morales' gifts came as a surprise to the Vatican.

One of the medals was named for the Rev. Luis Espinal, the Jesuit activist slain by Bolivian paramilitaries in 1980. It featured the crucifix on a hammer and sickle, the same symbol used in a real-life "Communist crucifix" that Morales gave to the pope at the same ceremony.

The Vatican didn't say what Francis was doing with the crucifix.

The pope is visiting a prison outside Santa Cruz, Bolivia, this morning.