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  • ‘Hate leads to hate, death to death,’ Pope Francis tells Colombia

    ‘Hate leads to hate, death to death,’ Pope Francis tells Colombia

    • Sep 8, 2017

    At a national prayer for reconciliation, Pope Francis in Colombia said families torn apart by pain related to the country’s long-running civil war deserve to know what happened to missing relatives, because truth and reconciliation are “inseparable”. He said it also means confessing what happened to children who were recruited bu guerillas and paramilitaries, and recognizing the pain of female victims of violence and abuse.

  • As Pope Francis heads to Colombia, he faces a high-wire act

    • Sep 6, 2017

    Pope Francis heads off today for a five-day visit to Colombia, Latin America’s third most populous state and one of its most fervently Catholic countries. The pontiff will have to pull off a delicate balance, strongly endorsing a peace process to end a decades-long armed conflict but keeping some distance from controversial peace deals that Colombian critics believe give too much impunity to rebel groups for the violence.

  • As Pope Francis heads to Colombia, will third time be the charm?

    As Pope Francis heads to Colombia, will third time be the charm?

    • Sep 4, 2017

    Pope Francis heads to Colombia this week, Latin America’s third most populous nation after Brazil and Mexico, and one item above all looms on his to-do list — encouraging a process of reconciliation to end a bloody, decades-long civil war. A peace deal designed to do just that remains deeply controversial in Colombia, so Francis will have to walk a tightrope in getting his message across.

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