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Priest blesses church hijack in Colombia

BOGATA (SE): Forty school teachers began a sit-in at the Church of San Francisco in Bogota, Colombia, at the end of Mass on June 6.
 
They have since been joined by dozens of others and taken control of one of the city’s oldest places of worship as part of a nationwide movement to improve the education system in the country.
 
Thousands of teachers had converged on the capital in a call to the government to provide better wages and increase its investment in public education.
 

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Vatican peace push to Colombia

BOGOTA (SE): Pope Francis is continuing his push for world peace. Following on from his World Day of Prayer for Peace at Assisi and the appearance of his secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, at the United Nations to address 193 representatives of countries on Vatican diplomacy for peace, he dispatched the cardinal to Bogota, Colombia, as a go between in the 52-year-old conflict between the government and the Colombia People’s Army.

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