- Sep 30, 2020
Peru’s bishops have called for guarantees of “constitutional rule of law and an honorable, honest and independent judicial system” as the country faces a widening corruption scandal.
Companies that once avoided Colombia’s Amazonian region because of the hazards of war are now jockeying to profit from timber, oil, minerals and palm oil plantations. That places small farmers and the Catholic Church workers who help them on a dangerous frontier marked by conflicts over land, oil, mining and drug crops.
Young people from the Youth Leaders with Transformative Faith Movement in Colombia are helping with a morning of activities designed to ease possible tensions between local residents and Venezuelan migrants who have arrived in the neighborhood.
If Colombians truly seek peace, they must give up vengeance and seek reconciliation by forgiving themselves and one another, said a priest who is devoting his life to such a mission.
A year after Pope Francis urged Colombians to build unity and a nation for all after more than half a century of conflict, the country’s Catholic Church continues to play a key role in the quest for reconciliation.
Catholic Church leaders are urging the Colombian government to protect community leaders who are being targeted by hired assassins.