By; News room
Pope Francis on his third day in Colombia has denounced what he called the “thick darkness” in a country devastated by a 50 year civil war that sparks violence and claims lives.
In an open mass celebrated in the capital Bogota attended by over a million people Pope Francis said such darkness is a “thirst for vengeance and the hatred against the most vulnerable which must be eliminated.
Pope Francis on his five day visit has also praised women for being at the front lines of the Catholic Church in Latin America urging Bishops to value than reducing them to servant hood.
Pope Francis is also visiting Villavicencio — gateway to the neglected southern half of Colombia — where he will pray with 6,000 victims of violence with a messages of reconciliation. His trip will end with a visit to the Caribbean coast in the city of Cartagena where he is expected to address the church’s controversial history of trafficking slaves to the New World.
He will also recite the Angelus at a shrine to St Peter Claver, a Jesuit who worked to stop slavery