The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba Villota, has praised a decision by rebel forces to release five hostages.
FARC announced on Dec. 8 that it would release three soldiers and two civilians kidnapped by the Marxist rebel group.
Bishop Cordoba responded to the group, saying, “The Church always rejoices at the release of hostages. This is a reason for joy and for giving glory to God.” He added that the Church is ready to assist in the release if needed. “We are always willing to serve the cause of Colombians as a humanitarian gesture and not for any other reason,” he said.
Bishop Cordoba also expressed his hope that the release would be a step “toward dialogue in which all Colombians can have a chance to be a part of this country, in which everyone can have opportunities” without the fear of kidnapping.”