- Apr 21, 2021
Church groups in Colombia are mobilizing to support thousands of Venezuelan refugees who recently fled a military offensive and are stuck in a remote Colombian border town.
Using guns and dressed as police, a group of thieves broke into the Colombian bishops’ conference headquarters in Bogota and took a safe that contained cash, checkbooks and deeds to bank accounts that the church uses to finance programs for the poor.
Bishops in Colombia’s Chocó department are calling for a cease-fire between the Colombian army and rebel groups fighting over drug trafficking routes and illegal gold mines in one of the country’s most remote regions.
Pope Francis on Sunday praised efforts being made by Colombian authorities to grant temporary protection statute for Venezuelan migrants who fled their homeland’s economic hardships.
The bishop of a Colombian city that is suffering from a deadly spike in drug violence boarded a firetruck to spray the town’s main street with holy water and help to “cleanse it” of evil.
Although 2020 seemed to be a year in which time stood still, Latin America continued to be a region in turmoil.
As Latin America enters the Christmas season, Church leaders are urging reconciliation and solidarity as the region suffers through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 5,000 residents were left homeless after powerful Hurricane Iota slammed Colombia’s only island province early Nov. 16.