AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Archbishop Rueda Aparicio: "it is important that we look at the present and the future of Colombia"

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 elections   bishops   politics   social situation  

Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - The second round of the presidential elections held in Colombia on Sunday, June 19 (see Fides, 18/6/2022), saw the victory of Gustavo Petro, who obtained 50.47% of the vote, while the other candidate, Rodolfo Hernández, won 42.27% of the vote. Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez, the vice-presidential candidate, were elected by 11,281,013 voters, while their opponents obtained 10,580,412 votes. In a short video message, the Archbishop of Bogotá, Monsignor Luis José Rueda Aparicio, President of the Episcopal Conference first of all expressed his congratulations to the Colombian people after the day of the elections, acknowledging the democratic effort made, "showing responsibility and love for Colombia". "Without ignoring that there will be many aspects to correct, it is important that we look at the present and the future of Colombia, continuing to work for life, peace and integral human development", underlined the Archbishop.
Then, Monsignor Rueda Aparicio, addressing the President-elect, Gustavo Petro, and the Vice-President, Francia Márquez, wished, on behalf of all Colombians and the Church, "the best successes" and that "they have the wisdom of God to guide the destinies of the history of Colombia". He then reiterated the Church's commitment to "continue working and fighting for peace, reconciliation and brotherhood among all Colombians". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 21/6/2022)