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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Concerns grow for kidnapped Colombian bishop
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 Fear are growing for the safety of Mgr Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal the Bishop of Zipaquirà and head of the Latin American Bishops Conference (Celam), who was kidnapped yesterday. Bishop Jorge and another priest was abducted by two gunmen on the road to Pacho, 55 km (35 miles) north of the Colombian capital Bogota. A driver and a teacher also in the car alerted the authorities. Born in 1942, Bishop Jorges has been president of Celam for two years. There are 22 countries in Celam - which cares for nearly half the world's Catholics. Pope John Paul II appealed for his release today urging the kidnappers to free the two clergymen unharmed and "abandon all forms of violence". More than 20 priests and two bishops have been killed in the Colombian civil war since 1989. Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali, an outspoken critic of the rebels, was shot dead at point blank range this March as he left a church in a poor neighbourhood.
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