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Pope Seeks to Encourage Colombian Reconciliation with Trip

The Vatican on Friday released details of Francis' Sept. 6-11 trip

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, photo: AP/Andrew Medichini
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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will preside over a reconciliation ceremony between Colombian victims and former guerrillas during a September visit aimed at consolidating the peace process to end Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict.

Francis will also pay homage to the patron saint of slaves, the 16th-century Jesuit priest St. Peter Claver, when he travels to the former slave-trading hub of Cartagena.

The Vatican on Friday released details of Francis’ Sept. 6-11 trip, his fifth to Latin America and the first papal visit to Colombia since St. John Paul II’s in 1986.

Highlights include a Mass in Bogotá’s Simón Bolívar park that is expected to draw up to a million people. A day later, the pope will attend a prayer for reconciliation in Villavicencio, a traditional stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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