As the year begins, our partner, The Catholic Bishops of Colombia pray for peace following the recent wave of killings of community leaders.
Episcopal Conference of Colombia Statement:
As the year commences, The Catholic Bishops of Colombia join in the Universal Church’s prayer convened by Pope Francis for reconciliation and peace for the people. He reminds us that this path must be marked by trust and the hope of achieving the intentions of unity that we have put forward as a nation: The peace process is an ongoing commitment over time. It is a patient labour that seeks truth and justice which honours the memory of the victims and opens, step by step a common hope, stronger than revenge (Message for the World Day of Prayer for Peace. January 1, 2020).
We value the efforts of the many social leaders who contribute to the construction of a society in which human dignity and rights are respected and justice is realised. The State relies on the efforts of those who dedicate themselves to serving their communities, that make possible and encourage the processes which are indispensable in the life of the nation. It is up to all of society to acknowledge and exalt those who carry out this mission with no incentive other than the common good. We urge that we do not fall into indifference and ignorance regarding the tragic situations which threaten our democracy.