"The Holy Father is a missionary for reconciliation," he said. "His presence helps us to discover that yes, it's possible to re-unite as a nation in order to learn to look at ourselves again with eyes of hope and mercy."
He pointed to the logo of the trip, which in yellow and white pictures Pope Francis walking next to the thematic phrase "Demos el primer paso," meaning "Let us take the first step."
To take the first step, Suescún said, means "to again draw near to Jesus, to meet again the love of our families, to disarm words with our neighbor and to have compassion with those who have suffered."
According to the Colombian Bishops Conference, after receiving the official confirmation of the Pope's visit, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his joy saying "we will receive (Francs) with open arms and hearts, as a messenger of peace and reconciliation."
He noted that on many occasions Pope Francis "gave courage and impelled" the peace process in the country, adding that "he is a messenger of love and faith; he's a forger of bridges and not walls."
The president pointed to the fact that the Pope's trip will be made exclusively to Colombia, whereas there are typically multiple countries included in international papal trips.
"To have the Pope with us for four days, to know that he's traveling exclusively to give a voice of encouragement and faith to Colombians, is a privilege that fills us with gratitude," Santos said.
The Pope's visit, he said, is an "encounter with the teachings of Jesus, the encounter among ourselves, as a society, as compatriots, as human beings and as children of God."
He voiced his hope that the visit would help Colombians to unite around the "building of a more just and equitable country, with peace and more solidarity."
"We have already begun to prepare and will continue to prepare so that this apostolic journey of Pope Francis in Colombia will bear the greatest of fruits of harmony and unity in our country."
(This article was updated at 5:06p.m. local time in Rome with the words of Bishop Fabio Suescún Mutis and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos).
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