Loading
Vatican cardinal calls on FARC to initiate dialogue for peace

.- The president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, has called on FARC leader Alfonso Cano to initiate peace talks to put an end to the civil conflict in the country.

In an interview with Radio W, the cardinal revealed that he had spoken with Cano on the phone before the death of FARC leader Raul Reyes.  The cardinal asked him to collaborate in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Colombia. He told him, “Your position of armed opposition is seen as increasingly less plausible from the international and national perspectives.”

Cardinal Castrillon said that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has used a “strong arm” in maintaining public order, “but at the same time, in speaking with him I have clearly seen that he has an open heart and an outstretched hand to those who have been involved in the armed opposition in order to achieve a dignified solution.”

During the radio interview, Cardinal Castrillon took the opportunity to address Cano again.  “I think the time has come that you can do something great by joining with your companions in this struggle to seek out a new path, a path that would truly be good for you.”

“With sadness, I remember when you were listening to the conversation I had with Raul (Reyes). You were on the phone and I asked for the personal well-being of each member of FARC.  As a priest, a Christian and a Colombian I have never thought about just one side, I have thought about the good of each and every one because we are all children of God,” the cardinal said.

“This is an extraordinary moment for you to begin a new journey with dignity to put an end to the anguish of so many of your families and the families of so many Colombians,” he said, adding that he remains willing to speak to Cano and listen to him at any time.


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

A Look at India from Rome
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
Aug
1

Liturgical Calendar

August 1, 2014

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:54-58

Gospel
Date
08/01/14
07/31/14
07/30/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 26: 1-9
Gospel:: Mt 13: 54-58

Saint of the Day

St. Alphonsus Liguori »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:47-53

Homily
Date
07/31/14
07/30/14
07/29/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: