Pope Francis to visit Colombia in first quarter of 2017 - president
Pope Francis will visit Colombia in the first quarter of next year, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday, days after signing a peace deal with Marxist rebels which the pontiff has actively backed.
Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels signed a peace accord on Monday to end 52 years of war. Pope Francis repeatedly expressed his support for the deal over four years of negotiations.
"We can confirm that he will come in the first quarter," Santos said at a business conference in Bogota. "The first quarter of next year, he... read more