Loading
President of Colombian bishops calls on rebels to be “flexible” in hostage release negotiations
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Augusto Castro, has again called on the “Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia” (FARC) to have greater flexibility in reaching an agreement for the release its hostages, including three US soldiers.

The government of President Alvaro Uribe increased pressure on the FARC by offering incarcerated members of the guerrilla movement release from jail if they promise to renounce violence and participate in a rehabilitation program supervised by the Church or by another country.

With this measure, the government has rejected the FARC’s demand that federal troops be withdrawn from Pradera and Florida, two towns in southern Colombia.

250 rebels, including Rodrigo Granda—believed to be the “chancellor of the FARC”—have accepted the government’s proposal.

Nevertheless, the FARC has rejected the offer and insists that it will release its hostages only through direct negotiations and after troop withdrawals.

This Sunday, Archbishop Castro called on the FARC “not to insist on the withdrawal from the two towns” and to adopt “a change of attitude towards the humanitarian accord.” “I call on the FARC to respond to this gesture by the government and enter into different negotiations and not to be so rigid in its demands regarding Pradera and Florida,” the archbishop stated.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
22

Liturgical Calendar

October 22, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Gospel
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 3: 2-12
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Homily
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14