On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated mass before thousands of Cubans in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución. He spoke of the gospels and made a somewhat cryptic warning about being jealous of one’s neighbors. But he also spent time talking about a nation farther south: Colombia.
“At this time I feel bound to direct my thoughts to the beloved land of Colombia,” he said. (I’m using the English translation pre-circulated by the Vatican’s press office.) “May the blood shed by thousands of innocent people during long decades of armed conflict, united to that of the Lord Jesus Christ crucified, sustain all the efforts being made, including those on this beautiful island, to achieve definitive reconciliation.”
This isn’t a random choice—since at least June, the pope has been publicly pushing for a peace agreement in the country.