Pope Francis held an open-air mass Thursday for hundreds of thousands of worshippers in Colombia, urging forgiveness as they seek a lasting end to half a century of civil war. Cheering crowds greeted the 80-year-old Argentine pontiff as he urged them to reject "vengeance" -- though some warned forgiveness was hard after so much violence. Francis earlier met with President Juan Manuel Santos, who has overseen a controversial peace deal with the FARC rebel force and a ceasefire with the last active guerrilla group, the ELN.
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (Reuters) - Pope Francis, visiting an epicenter of violence during Colombia's guerrilla war, on Friday urged the country to rise from the "swamp" of bitterness, his message boosted by a top rebel leader's for...
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday urged Colombians to shun vengeance after a bloody 50-year civil war but said leaders had to enact laws to end the "darkness" of injustice and social inequality that breeds violence.
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Pope Francis will use his first full day in Colombia to send a message of unity, planting a tree of peace and saying a Mass to preach reconciliation in a nation bitterly divided after five decades of war.
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Pope Francis will visit Colombia, the Vatican said on Thursday, as the pontiff urged Colombians to work for peace as the country conducts talks with Marxist rebels to end 50 years of war.