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It’s official: Pope Francis will visit Colombia September 6-11

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis will make a six-day trip to Colombia in September with four cities on his itinerary, almost a year after the government and FARC rebels signed a major peace agreement. “Accepting the invitation of the President of the Republic and the Colombian bishops, His Holiness the Pope Francis will

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Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit, the emergence of François Fillon in France or Donald Trump’s presidency. With that in mind, we offer this guide to 10 topics that are likely

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Did FAITH save soccer player from the tragic Colombian crash?

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An airliner carrying 81 people crashed into a mountain near Medellin, Colombia. All but three were killed, leaving hundreds in mourning. Through the devastation, authorities uncovered a Bible filled with annotations. According to Naij, Helio Neto, a player of the Brazilian soccer team Chapocoense, was a Christian who survived the crash. He has undergone extensive

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Archbishop laments Christian persecution, Colombia, murder, South America, Violence‘absolute disregard for life’ as man is shot dead during Mass

Colombian Archbishop Mejia was celebrating the Mass where the fatal shooting occurred A man has been killed as he attended a Mass in Colombia on Tuesday evening. The parishioner – Fernando Padilla, 35 – was shot by a gunman as he attended a packed Mass at Santa Cecilia church in the town of Cali. Padilla

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Pope Francis to visit Colombia

The head of the South American country’s Catholic Episcopal Conference announced on the conference’s website that Pope Francis will be visiting Colombia next year (2017). The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the announcement and promised in his twitter post saying Colombians “will receive him with enthusiasm and in peace.” The date for the Papal visit

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‘Confess-a-thon’ at Colombian mall draws 350 priests

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In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic – it is not unusual to encounter Catholic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital. Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, is a less frequent

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Pope prays for success of Colombia peace talks in Cuba

Representatives of FARC and the Colombian government have been holding talks in Cuba since late 2012 Vatican officials ruled out a Pope Francis meeting in Cuba with representatives of the Colombian government and a Colombian rebel group, but the Pope offered public prayers for the success of their peace talks. “May the blood shed by

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Colombian peace talks must not fail, Pope says during Cuba trip

Pope Francis prayed for the ongoing negotiations between FARC rebels and the Colombian government happening in Cuba right now saying that “another failure” is not an option. “Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” he said following the Sept. 20 Sunday Angelus

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Colombian, Venezuelan bishops appeal for dialogue

Denouncing the organized crime, human trafficking, and drug trade taking place on the Colombia-Venezuelan border, the bishops of the two nations appealed for dialogue between the nations’ two presidents amid an escalating political crisis. Venezuela’s socialist president claimed that Colombian paramilitary forces attacked Venezuelan troops—a claim The Washington Post described as “ludicrous.” As the Venezuelan government

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