Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Late bishop sought to bring peace to Colombia

Catholic World News - August 31, 2010

A Colombian bishop who sought to bring peace to his conflict-ravaged nation died of cancer on August 25 at the age of 69.

Bishop Jaime Prieto Amaya of Cúcuta “was dedicated to bringing peace to his country,” said Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis. “Right up until the final months of his life he worked hard for justice on behalf of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Colombia.”

The prelate, who was threatened with death for his work, invited all sides in the conflict to lay down their arms. Some four million Colombians have had to flee their homes since the conflict, which pits leftist guerillas against right-wing paramilitary organizations, began in 1964.

87% of the nation’s 47.2 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,447 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,553.29
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Showing the Courage to battle homosexual impulses 6 hours ago
In other words, to be a Christian means this: 8 hours ago
Wanted: a balanced Catholic perspective on immigration 12 hours ago
Renewal with God before Us: Christ Determines All July 30
Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod July 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21