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Colombian bishops: rejection of peace agreement is cause for reflection, dialogue

October 04, 2016

Colombia’s bishops neither welcomed nor condemned the results of a plebiscite in which voters narrowly rejected the terms of a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Stating that “we all seek peace,” Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga of Tunja, the president of the episcopal conference, called for reflection and dialogue to overcome polarization and prayed for the grace for Colombians to meet the current challenge. “We invite everyone to an objective analysis of the reality, to respectful and fraternal dialogue, unity, generosity,” the bishops said. “Let us try to promote a ‘culture of encounter’ that prepares us to forgiveness and reconciliation.”

The bishops indicated the willingness of the Church to play a role, “according to its pastoral mission,” in efforts to eliminate violence. They called upon the government and FARC to set aside narrow political goals and work for the good of the entire country.

 
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