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FARC have requested to meet Francis and want the Church to join the peace process in Havana

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 07:22 UTC
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FARC's Ivan Marquez said in Havana that “we want to give a heartfelt greeting to Pope Francis. We hope to have this opportunity.” FARC's Ivan Marquez said in Havana that “we want to give a heartfelt greeting to Pope Francis. We hope to have this opportunity.”
Archbishop Castro Quiroga, president of Colombian bishops' conference, said that a final decision on a meeting was up to the Pope, the Vatican and Cuba Archbishop Castro Quiroga, president of Colombian bishops' conference, said that a final decision on a meeting was up to the Pope, the Vatican and Cuba

Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement have asked to meet Pope Francis in Cuba in September and have requested the Catholic Church name a permanent delegate to their peace negotiations with the government.

 Ivan Marquez, representing the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, at the peace talks which are taking place in Cuba told reporters that “we want to give a heartfelt greeting to Pope Francis. We hope to have this opportunity.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Cuba Sept. 19-22.

The guerrillas, who have been in conflict with the Colombian government for five decades, “want to move the peace process forward, particularly with the support of the Catholic world,” Marquez said. “The church can offer all its experience to help reach a final agreement.”

FARC and the Colombian government began the peace talks in Havana in late 2012, hoping to find a way to end the conflict, which has claimed some 220,000 lives and displaced seven million people.

After a meeting on Monday in Havana with the president of the Colombian bishops' conference, Marquez tweeted: ”We are optimistic. We are promoting bilateral cease-fire and righteousness. (The) church has renewed its commitment to peace in Colombia.“

Archbishop Luis Castro Quiroga of Tunja, president of the Colombian bishops' conference, told reporters after his meeting with the FARC delegates that a final decision on a papal meeting in Cuba was up to the pope, the Vatican and the pope's Cuban hosts.

Pope Francis, he said, has been following news of the peace talks, but would probably be interested in talking directly to those involved.

The pope has said he would like to help promote peace, the archbishop said. ”The idea of the pope naming a delegate to the talks could be one way to do that”.

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  • ChrisR

    What a load of crap!

    Got religion have they or do they recognise that The Dope of a Pope is keen to meddle in things he should keep his big argie nose out of?

    Aug 19th, 2015 - 11:02 am 0
  • The Voice

    Really amuses me that now that Latinos have got their Pope he is seen as the answer to all their problems. The biggest problems tbey have apart from Mexican syndrome (remember the Top Gear take on that!) is the Popes opposition to any form of birth control and abortion leading to a population that they struggle to feed house and clothe. He could instead have a go at the widespread practices of lying, stealing, and cheating, particularly from his own countrymen.

    Aug 19th, 2015 - 03:40 pm 0
  • Briton

    They are just using the pope as Front.

    Aug 19th, 2015 - 06:42 pm 0
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