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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Colombia: demonstrators call for release of kidnapped bishop
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 Hundreds of people demonstrated in the streets of Zipaquirá yesterday, calling for the release of their Bishop and chairman of the Latin American Bishops Council, Mgr Jorge Enriquez Jimenéz Carvajal and Fr Desiderio Orjuela who were kidnapped on Monday. The Missionary News Service (MISNA) report that Jesus Lopez, governor of Córdoba, said he was certain the bishop had been kidnapped in order to be used in exchange for rebels currently in detention. The Archbishop of Bogotá, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz said he also felt this was the motive for the abduction. * At the end of his general audience yesterday, Pope John Paul II appealed again for the release of the hostages. He said: "This act, which increases the climate of the abuse of human rights and troubles the civil population as well as the Church, compels me to reject all violence and injury of human dignity, which is never a path to peace. While I fervently ask for the release of all those who have been kidnapped, and that these pastors will be able to once again exercise their service to the People of God, I raise my prayers so that God may grant the much longed-for peace to Colombia."
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