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 five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,300 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,700.48
52% 48%
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

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering 15 hours ago
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20