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Monday May 13, 2013

Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

Photo: Pope Francis Meets President Juan Santos

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This morning, Pope Francis I received President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and urged for peace between the government and FARC guerillas.

Santos was at the Vatican celebrating the canonization of Mother Laura Montoya Upegui.  Upegui was canonized on Saturday making her the first Colombian saint. 

Mother Laura founded the Missionaires of Mary Immaculate and Saint Catherine of Sienna after she abandoned her life to go help the indigenous people of the country in 1914.

During the meeting Francis urged Santos to continue the peace process that started in 2012 and at times has stalled.  If successful the peace negotiation would end nearly five decades of internal warfare.

The FARC has battled a succession of Colombian governments since 1964. The Marxist insurgency swelled to nearly 20,000 fighters in the early 2000s, but now numbers around 8,500 combatants.