The ECC President said that Columbia is in a phase of giving birth, namely of undergoing a new birth. I believe that it is this nascent creature that the Pope must find and encourage so that it can develop well in the light of the Gospel and of his witness.
According to the Archbishop of Villavicencio, where Pope Francis will proclaim the new Blesseds on 8 September, the Church has possibilities to contribute to the country's reconstruction because she has the Word of the Gospel, the word of papal teaching on all this aspect of reconciliation and peace and she has the instruments for reconciliation. A person reconciled with God can reconcile himself with the other and can reconcile himself with Creation.
In a video-message published on the ECC's website, on the occasion of the 207th anniversary of Colombia's Independence, the Archbishop of Villavicencio exhorted his fellow countrymen to take the first step towards reconciliation with God, with our brothers and with Creation.
In the interview with Vatican Radio, the Colombian Bishop reflected briefly on the issue of safeguarding the environment in his country. The Pope will also visit the centre of Colombia, a privileged scenario to develop the whole discourse on the common home.