Posted on January 26, 2017 2:57 pm
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Colombia’s Bishops Focus on Reconciliation to Overcome Decades of Hatred: Msgr. Hector Fabio Henao (E)

The Catholic bishops of Colombia have used the church’s influence in the country to focus on reconciliation and the values and principles that underlie it. They developed and distributed a pastoral letter that reflected experiences from different regions of the country. They determined the church would accept the challenge to confront hatred at the local level, raise awareness and work for reconciliation, Msgr. Hector Fabio Henao said at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York.

The effort includes a combination of reflection, action and prayer. Henao, who is the head of Caritas Colombia said the church listens carefully, accompanies people, gives an opportunity for all to speak and share their positions, and opens the door to reconciliation, without pushing. “Reconciliation is the gift of the Holy Spirit. We’re not the protagonists of reconciliation; we are just the agents and workers. We are not able to reconcile. God does that,” Henao said. National Catholic Reporter