- Jul 12, 2020
Although some feared going in that Pope Francis’s Sept. 6-11 trip to Colombia could actually worsen divisions in the country over a controversial peace deal rather than promoting reconciliation, in the end the jubilant swing through four cities felt like a victory lap for the entire nation and its capacity to build a different kind of future.
During his first official address in his Sept. 6-11 visit to Colombia, Pope Francis told civil authorities to work to resolve the structural causes of poverty that lead to exclusion and violence. “Let us not forget that inequality is the root of social ills.”
President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Monday that the agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN) will be signed in Quito, Ecuador, where negotiations have been taking place since February. Ten Catholic bishops have been at the table from the beginning.
The Vatican confirmed on Friday that history’s first pope from Latin America will visit the country, in an attempt to help cement the peace process and the agreement signed by the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC rebel group.
Pope Francis invited Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, and his main political opponent, Alvaro Uribe, to the Vatican in order to discuss the country’s rebel peace deal on Friday. Despite the meeting neither one of the opponents seemed inclined to put an end to Latin America’s longest-running conflict.
Although Pope Francis wasn’t actually the choice of the Nobel Peace Prize committee in Oslo, several of the causes he cares most about got a significant boost from the buzz surrounding the award, which means that the pontiff actually won big in 2016.