- May 28, 2020
The Friday meeting and prayer of reconciliation are perhaps the highlights of Francis’s five-day visit to Colombia, bringing together some 6,000 victims of the conflict as well as former guerrillas and members of state security forces. At the event will be Bojaya’s Christ statue — perhaps the most powerful reminder of the senseless political violence that left an estimated 220,000 people dead.
During his trip to Colombia, Pope Francis will visit Villavicencio. It is called the place where the “rest of Colombia begins,” vast swaths of rugged and sparsely populated terrain, along with the Amazon region — an area taken advantage of by guerrillas, who used its thick vegetation for cover. In this region, the peace accord signed by the federal government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is still viewed suspiciously by many, including some in the church hierarchy.