The Farc ask “forgiveness to the Pope for the tears they have caused”

Leader Timochenko writes to Francis, boosting the significance of the Pope’s visit to Colombia

The Farc ask “forgiveness to the Pope for the tears they have caused”


Pubblicato il 09/09/2017
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They apologize to the Pope “for the pain that we have caused the people of Colombia”. The FARC invoke Francis’ forgiveness for the tears caused to Colombians in the open letter written by their leader, Timochenko to the Pontiff during his visit to Colombia.  

 

The political leader of the Colombian revolutionary movement of Marxist inspiration “humbly” writes to the Pontiff - defining himself as his “devout admirer” - “in my double condition of Colombian citizen, who has just been incorporated into the institutional life of the country, and leader of the new political party just born in the same square (Bolivar, ed.) in which you spoke your wise words to the young people of Colombia”.  

 

Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry, alias Timochenko reveals that he is “ deeply moved by his holy presence in my homeland, whose people have the privilege of hearing his word of faith, hope, joy, love, reconciliation, and peace”. For Timochenko, Pope Francis’ “enlightened” words were able “ to illuminate the darkness that for too long has covered the life of our Nation. May God bless you.”  

 

Timochenko is sure that the presence of the Bishop of Rome in Colombia will leave “deep footprints” in the history of the South American nation. From the Pope’s “first step in my country I have felt at last that something could finally change”.  

 

He continues recalling that he is the leader of “an organization that has set its arms aside and reintegrated into society after more than half-a-century of war. We have abandoned all manifestations of hatred and violence, we are urged to forgive those who have been our enemies and who have done so much harm to our people; we are also committed to the indispensable act of acknowledging our mistakes and ask forgiveness from all the men and women who have been victims of our actions in some way.”  

 

Francis’ “repeated expressions about God’s infinite mercy move me to plead your forgiveness for any tears or pain that we have caused the people of Colombia.” He then assured that “we have never been inspired by any desire other than that of achieving justice for the excluded and persecuted in our country”.  

 

Finally he adds: now the Farc could only “dream” that the Pope might forgive them.  

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