Colombia

Venezuelans crossing the border with Colombia. Photo Credit: George Castellanos
With a shared border more than 2.000 kilometres long, Colombia and Venezuela are facing a serious challenge in managing their national relations. With the massive forced migration of people coming from Venezuela, an understanding needs to be reached.According to United Nations estimates, more than two million people have fled Venezuela as a result of the internal crisis and the government's economic policies. It is estimated that there are already close to one million forced migrants in...
Fr Francisco de Roux SJ (PC:CAFOD) and Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ (PC: Russell Pollitt SJ)
Frances Murphy introduces two Jesuit priests who have acted as mediators in the volatile political climates of Colombia and Zimbabwe.Over the past 5 years, most Jesuit-related headlines in the secular press have had one man in particular as their subject – Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, now Pope Francis. However, he is not the only member of the Society of Jesus to have made an impact on the global stage in that time.Two countries whose modern histories have been characterised by internal conflict...
Fr Paul Martin SJ with Guyanese village people
Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, travels to Guyana this week after brief visits to two other South American countries, Brazil and Colombia. He hopes to sustain a long term relationship with the Jesuits in Guyana once they leave the British Province to join a new entity which is the result of a re-structuring of the Jesuit mission to the countries of the Caribbean.It will be his first time visiting Guyana, a former British colony which has been an important part of...
President Santos and Timochenko at the signing of the peace treaty in Colombia (Xinhau/Jhon Paz)
This Sunday (2 October), the people of Colombia are due to ratify the peace treaty that brings to an end a civil war that has lasted for more than half a century. The treaty was signed on Monday, the eve of the Feast of St Peter Claver SJ (1581-1654), the Jesuit who rescued thousands of Africans from slavery in the 17th century and who is commemorated in the church that bears his name in Cartagena de Indias.The signatories at Cartagena on 26 September were the leader of the FARC (the...
Fr Francisco de Roux SJ
A leading Jesuit peace activist from Colombia will be the guest speaker for the 2016 commemorations of Blessed Oscar Romero's martyrdom. Fr Francisco de Roux SJ has been a leading voice in the efforts to seek a negotiated settlement to Colombia's decades-long armed conflict. He will be the guest of the Archbishop Romero Trust at events in London, Leeds and Manchester, and will be speaking at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh on 15 March.After being ordained priest in 1975, Fr de Roux...
Palm Sunday 2015 in Managrú
A team of two Jesuits in formation and two Maronite sisters, from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Britain, travelled to the remote village of Managrú in Colombia to accompany the community in their celebration of Holy Week. A member of that team, Philip Harrison SJ, describes how he spent a Triduum like no other in the presence of a community devastated by poverty yet radiant with Easter joy. Managrú surprised us from the start, appearing suddenly out of the dense jungle vegetation. The...