Monday, December 19, 2016

Pope Sees Colombian Pres.,Opponent at Vatican; Pres.:"We Need Your Help" to End 52-Year War

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe met Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 16, as the government looked to build consensus for a peace deal with Marxist rebels, the Religion News website reports today (December 19, 2016).

On his third visit to the Vatican, Santos appealed to Francis for support in ending a 52-year war which has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions.

"We need your help," said Santos, who signed a modified peace deal in November after a previous pact was rejected in a national vote.

Francis -- an Argentine who helped broker diplomatic efforts in Cuba and Venezuela -- then received right-wing Senator and former President Uribe, who has been one of the harshest critics of the new peace deal.

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