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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis to Urge Colombians to Come Together Around Peace Deal

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis to Urge Colombians to Come Together Around Peace Deal

“Don’t let anyone steal your happiness, don’t let anyone steal your hope,” Pope Francis told young people outside the embassy, his residence during the trip.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis Visits Colombia to Boost Peace Process After 50 Years of War

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis Visits Colombia to Boost Peace Process After 50 Years of War

The Argentine pope had delayed accepting a government and Church invitation to visit Colombia, where about 80 percent of the population is Catholic, until a viable peace process was under way.

“He had wanted to go for a long time. Now the moment has come,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: FARC Reborn as ‘Common Alternative Revolutionary Force’ Party

COLOMBIA POLITICS: FARC Reborn as ‘Common Alternative Revolutionary Force’ Party

Some FARC leaders wanted to keep the “revolutionary” element while others favored softening the group’s image by dropping it in favor of “New Colombia.” Londono, also known as Timochenko, said 628 delegates at the congress voted for Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, with 264 for “New Colombia.”

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