Pope Francis will eventually visit Colombia

Colombian Cardinal Ruben Salazar announced on Friday that Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Colombia, but doesn’t know when he will be able to make it happen; Salazar asked people to “be patient”, given that the new Pope has only been at the head of the Catholic Church for a week.

On Friday, President Juan Manuel Santos, through Colombia’s Ambassador in Rome, Germán Cardona, extended an official invitation to the Pope to visit Colombia, saying that his visit would the “biggest incentive” to move forward with the peace process his administration has initiated with the guerrilla.

Cardinal Salazar had a brief conversation with the Pope, argentine Jorge Bergoglio, who confirmed he is well aware of the situation in Colombia, both because he is a native of Latin America as well as the fact that he has visited the country on several opportunities.

“We have high hopes that once again the Church can effectiveely contribute to building peace in our country,” Salazar said.

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