CNA Staff, Jun 16, 2020 / 14:45 pm
The Colombian bishops have welcomed the release of several hostages by the National Liberation Army (ELN), a left-wing guerilla group.
"The Colombian Bishops view with hope for the Colombian people the recent release of the 5 men abducted by the ELN in the town of Arauca and the Catatumbo region," the bishops' conference tweeted June 14.
In another tweet the same day, the bishops' conference said: "We share the joy of the families of Pedro Pérez and Óscar Rodríguez, released on June 12; and Besley Navarro, Dayan Flórez and Jhon Torres, handed over today by the ELN", adding: "The Church calls for the release of all those kidnapped" and for "humanitarian actions to continue paving the way to reconciliation and peace."
"We pray for those who are still held captive and their loved ones," the bishops concluded.