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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Colombia: Church calls rebels to give up violence
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¬†"Forty years of war are sufficient - mark your anniversary seeking a definitive way to start another 40 years, but of non-violent political life" - this was the call of Monsignor Luis Augusto Castro, Archbishop of Tunja and Vice-Chairman of the Colombian Bishops Conference, to the guerrillas of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), four decades from the birth of the armed movement, on 27 May 1964. He was echoed by Cardinal Pedro Rubiano SŠenz, Archbishop of BogotŠ and Chairman of the Bishops Conference, exhorting the men of Manuel 'Tirofijo' Marulanda "to contemplate the grief of the Colombian population, a population suffering from the violence, the war, the loss of too many loved ones, abductions". According to the Cardinal, the best way for the FARC to mark 40 years "would be a sign of hope, a sign of love for Colombia, releasing the hostages". Cardinal Rubiano also invited the Colombian people, afflicted by a conflict to which there appears no way out, to follow the example of the Spanish after the March 11 Madrid terrorist attack: "We cannot remain indifferent in face of what is occurring in Colombia. Let us look at Spain, where not a single citizen failed to take the streets to protest and lift their voices against terrorism. It was not a few that mobilised, but everyone and this is what we must do in Colombia". Source: MISNA
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