Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) Priest Aida Soto joined thousands of Colombians in historic March for Peace today.
|Priest Marta Aida Soto on left walks in Peace March in Colombia|
|La Rvda Aida Soto con la Abella, en la Marcha por la Paz.|
Colombians are marching for peace today across the country, beginning at 10am, local time. Peace advocates are set to rally across Colombia on Thursday, amid ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrillas. Initially called by Bogota's mayor Gustavo Petro, the nationwide rallies have received the backing of peace activists across the country. Thursday's rallies are intended as an expression of solidarity with the more than 6 million Colombians affected by the country's civil war. Organizers also say they hope to pressure the Colombian government and FARC to agree to a ceasefire. The FARC have repeatedly announced unilateral ceasefires, though government forces have been hesitant to reciprocate until a final peace deal is nutted out. Both sides have been engaged in Cuban brokered peace talks since late 2012. Successive Colombian governments have been at war with the FARC for over five decades, in what is today South America's longest armed conflict. The civil war has claimed more than 220,000 lives; most casualties have been civilians.
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Bridget Mary's Response:
Sisters and brothers, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, join you in prayerful solidarity on your journey to justice and peace in Colombia. May each step you take bring you closer together as God's blessed family, walking and working ogether, united in the Spirit! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org