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Colombia has set out upon the road to peace, said Pope Francis

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

September 13, 2017 : Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 09/14/17

"It is obvious that the devil wanted to divide the people and destroy the work of God," he said

Colombia is now on the path of peace and reconciliation, said Pope Francis during the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on September 13. The Pope was in Colombia September 6-11, 2017.

“It is obvious that the devil wanted to divide the people and destroy the work of God,” said the Pope.

“But it is also clear that the love of Christ and his infinite mercy are stronger than sin and death…With the help of God, the path of peace and reconciliation has been begun” in Colombia, the Pope declared.

With my visit, “I wanted to bless the efforts of the people, confirm it in faith and hope, and receive their testimony,” said the successor of Peter. From “their injuries, with the grace of God,” he said, Colombians “have gone beyond themselves and have opened up to encountering others, to forgiveness, and to reconciliation.” This testimony is a “treasure for my ministry and for the whole Church,” he said.

The Pontiff also told how Colombian parents welcomed him, showing him their children. A people “capable of bearing children” and of “showing them with pride, as their hope,” he said, “has a future.”

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