Colombia's bishops see new hopes for peace talks with FARC
Catholic World News - September 24, 2010
The Catholic bishops of Colombia are renewing their call for peace talks after the second-ranking leader of the FARC rebel group was killed in a military operation.
Victor Suarez Rojas, known as “Mono Jojoy,” was one of 20 FARC members killed by a bomb in the town of Meta. “Columbia has rid itself of an executioner,” said President Juan Manuel Santos.
Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, the secretary of the nation’s episcopal conference, had a more measured reaction:
“The Catholic Church never rejoices in the death of anyone, but the death of ‘Mono Jojoy’ is a call for Colombians to realize that war only brings more war, sadness, desolation and losses on both sides.”
Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Barranquilla, the president of the bishops’ conference, agreed that the death of the rebel leader “may make way for the beginning of a negotiation process with the FARC.”
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!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,491 to go):
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!