As the Colombian government and rebels and representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army signed an accord to end their 52-year conflict, the Vatican’s Secretary of State welcomed the prospects of peace during a Liturgy of the Word in the Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena.
Preaching to an assembly that included the nation’s president,
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the Holy See has followed peace talks
with “great attention” without being involved in the concrete details
that are properly a concern of the nation’s citizens.
The prelate invoked the example of St. Peter Claver, who ministered
to hundreds of thousands of slaves, and said that “Jesus expects us to
free ourselves from the chains of slavery.”
“He is anxious to embrace, to heal our wounds, by wiping away our
tears, for us to eat and to drink water and the bread of life, by
looking at us with love in the depths of the soul,” Cardinal Parolin