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Pope speaks on Brexit, Colombian peace accord

June 24, 2016

Pope Francis touched on the subjects of the Brexit referendum and the Colombian peace agreement during a conversation with reporters who accompanied him on his June 24 flight to Armenia.

Acknowledging the British referendum result as "the will of the people," the Pope said that had not closely followed the debate over British withdrawal from the European Union. However, he said that the decision "demands great responsibility on our part, to ensure the well being of the people in the United Kingdom, and the coexistence of the people of the European continent."

Regarding the agreement between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Pope said: "I am happy about this news that came to me yesterday, after more than 50 years of war, of conflict, and of much bloodshed." He said that he hoped the peace accord would hold up as the people of Colombia take their "next step."


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  • Posted by: Travelling - Jun. 26, 2016 9:12 PM ET USA

    Good to hear that someone has the wellbeing of the people of the U.K. at heart. I have yet to hear one European leader make any comment which is positive and appreciative of us here in the UK, all we have heard is critical and disapproving.