THE HOLY SEE: AN ENCOUNTER BETWEEN THE POPE AND THE FARC IS NOT ONTHE AGENDA Those are the words of the deputy director of the Vatican press office

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Leaves no room for doubts the declaration made by father Ciro Benedettini , deputy director of the Vatican press office, about the encounter with Pope Bergoglio, that was requested by the FARC, i.e. the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, on the occasion of the journey of the Pope to Cuba: “It is not on the Pope’s agenda.”

Benedettini’s words belie in part also the Colombian Bishops’ Conference which had defined the meeting between the Pope and the exponents of the FARC a “feasible possibility”. The president of the Colombian Bishops, Monsignor Luis Castro Quiroga, saying so, and having himself met the revolutionary group, suggested that the request – expressed by the master Antonio Lozada – was not merely an aspiration of the FARC. Today, however, the word of the Vatican.

The fact that the meeting is not on the agenda is “official news from the Holy See”,  has stressed Benedettini. “The Holy Father – he added – has always been committed to working for peace among peoples, and on this point, the Holy See will always be in the front line”. But in the case of Colombia, “it is a matter of finding a way” to give a contribution to peace negotiations.

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