Loading
President of Colombian bishops’ conference calls for release of all hostages

.- Following an announcement by Colombian president Alvaro Uribe to allow the participation of the Catholic Church in negotiations for the release of some hostages held by the rebel group FARC, President of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference Archbishop Ruben Salazar called for the liberation of "absolutely all the hostages," so that nobody will "continue to be held in the jungle."

Speaking with reporters at the bishops’ plenary assembly, Archbishop Salazar said the release of all hostages "would be a great gesture of good will on their part (the FARC) that would imply that they are listening to the cry of the country for an end to kidnappings and the release of all the hostages."

The archbishop said the announcement by President Uribe is "a very important step towards the release of the hostages. The liberation of them is something very important for the country."

He went on to say there are no specifics yet about the nature of the Church’s involvement in the release of hostages, or about the motives behind Uribe’s announcement.

Bishop Fabian Marulanda Lopez, secretary general of the bishops’ conference, called the announcement both hopeful and "a step forward." "I hope the FARC accepts this proposal by the president and does everything possible to release the hostages they are holding."


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?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
18

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Gospel
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Homily
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: