- Aug 5, 2020
Relatives of those killed in a Colombia massacre put their loved ones to rest Monday nearly two decades after the attack – while also warning that the government hasn’t done enough to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
The director of Caritas Colombia has called for dialogue between the country’s new president-elect and former leftist guerrillas to prevent the return of guerrilla warfare.
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.
Although scores of dignitaries will be on hand to sign Colombia’s peace deal Monday, the key to the success of the agreement between the government and the FARC rebels has been the priority given to the victims. A Jesuit who has been at the center of the process explains.
“We need a clear sign from the table [discussing the deal] that the weapons will effectively, and not only symbolically, be given up and publicly destroyed,” said Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, head of the Colombian Bishop’s Conference, after the government and the country’s main guerilla group signed a peace deal on Thursday.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Anti-Christian persecution is unquestionably a premier human rights challenge in the early 21st century. It’s happening not just in the Middle East but around the world, including nations where Christians are a strong majority. Compassionate concern over that stark reality should not short-circuit legitimate debate over the