When Pope Francis led the recitation of the Angelus prayer on 20th January, he told the crowd in St Peter’s Square that he had “two pains in my heart: Colombia and the Mediterranean.”
“I want to assure the Colombian people of my closeness after the serious terrorist attack” on 17th Janaury outside the national police academy in Bogota.
Police said the suicide car-bomb attack left at least 20 people dead and more than 60 injured. The National Liberation Army (ELN) later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the government violating a cease-fire agreement by attacking rebel camps.
“I pray for the victims and for their families,” Pope Francis said, “and I continue to pray for the journey of peace in Colombia.”
Pope Francis also led the thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Square in praying the Hail Mary for migrants feared drowned in the Mediterranean and for “those responsible for what happened.”
Some 170 migrants were believed to have drowned in the sea in two separate shipwrecks in mid-January. “They were seeking a future” and “perhaps were victims of human trafficking,” Pope Francis said.
Picture: People take part in a candlelight vigil on 18th January 2019, for victims of a car bomb attack in Bogota, Colombia. During his 20th January Angelus, Pope Francis said “I want to assure the Colombian people of my closeness after the serious terrorist attack” on 17th January outside the national police academy in Bogota. (CNS photo/Luisa Gonzalez, Reuters).