Rorate Caeli

The Peacemaker

The Colombian Catholic Church has confirmed today that it has maintained contact by telephone with the chief leader of the FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a terrorist Communist organization), "Alfonso Cano", and another guerrilla leader, who are interested in presenting a peace proposal to the government.

Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos indicated that he has spoken with the rebels in virtue of the authorization, given by the Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to the Bishops, to mediate contacts between the Government and the FARC: "Yes, I have held telephone conversations with 'Alfonso Cano' [pseudonym for Guillermo León Sáenz] and with another whose name I do not recall at this moment," the Cardinal said briefly.

The prelate made the announcement after a meeting with President Uribe this Wednesday. Uribe indicated last April that the only groups which were authorized to maintain contacts with the FARC were the Catholic Church and the International Red Cross.

Sources: El Tiempo (Colombia) and Noticias24 (Venezuela).

Note: May God, through the intercession of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, bless the efforts of this great Cardinal, who struggled so much for peace within the Catholic Church, to reach a peaceful end to the 45-year conflict which has led to so much bloodshed in that Catholic nation.


Anonymous said...


Carlos Antonio Palad said...

Have you noticed? The two Curial officials who have done more than anyone else to restore the rightful place of the traditional liturgy in the life of the Church -- Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos and Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith -- both have experience as peacemakers in civil conflicts as well.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Blessed are the peacemakers.


M.A. said...

I would hope that they would plead with our Lady of Fatima for the gift of peace for their respective countries. They should endeavor to obtain the consecration of their countries to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The peace of this world has been entrusted to our Lady! God was pleased to give us proof of this fact when He kept Portugal out of WWII after that nation's bishops united to consecrate their nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Prof. Basto said...

Ecce Sacerdos Magnus!

Ponte said...

Carlos Antonio Palad,
That's a great point. Usually the ones who beat the so-called "peace and justice" drum are also the most troublesome dissenters theologically and have nothing but contempt for matters of liturgical tradition. Observing Cardinal Hoyos and Archbishop Ranjith makes one ponder the idea of "Source and Summit" and how God is more operative in the equation - more in some situations than others.

Anonymous said...

Carlos A. Palad wrote :
"Have you noticed? The two Curial officials who have done more than anyone else to restore the rightful place of the traditional liturgy in the life of the Church (...)"...

What we have noticed is that :
- cardinal Castrillon Hoyos was promptly ousted from the Congregation for Clergy in 2006 when the "heat" was high, then thanked for his "good work" rather quickly in 2009, after being attacked by many people, including inside the Curia
- Abp Ranjith left also after being under less open attacks.

We have noticed indeed.

Paul Haley said...

"Dario" has what they call "guts" when, disguised as a milkman, he took on the mission to convert Pablo Escobar, the noted drug kingpin in Colombia. When I heard he was leaving the P.C.E.D., I have to admit I was disappointed but, then, who knows... there might be an even bigger assignment for him waiting in the wings.

Afonso Miguel said...

Very good news for Colombia!

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to this Cardinal who has been loyal to the Pope in efforts to restore the traditional ordo of the Mass, he also has not been exactly friendly to Our Lady of Fatima and the message surrounding the collegial consecration of Russia. How ironic therefore that he gets to see first hand in his own land the effects of continuing avoidance of that necessary consecration. Any peace he will secure apart from Our Lady of Fatima will sadly be either in vain or very short lived. And today the 92nd anniversary of the 4th apparition at Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our peace.

Vincent Uher said...

The Cardinal is an extraordinarily brave man whose strength comes from his Eucharistic friendship with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will pray fervently for the success of his mission to bring peace to his homeland.