The reporter persisted, “Then just one quick question. I’m Catholic, too, and I thought we couldn’t have funeral Masses for convicted killers.” I looked at her and told her that her information was wrong. Then I added, “Redemption — we either believe in it or we don’t. I do believe in it.”
At the end of a day dedicated to celebrating 70 years of an ecumenical fellowship forged by the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis turned to the region’s Catholics, reminding them of what lies at the heart of the faith.
Ahead of the papal trip to Columbia, some Catholics called for soul-searching, saying the church, on too many occasions, persecuted people for holding unpopular political opinions and placed itself at the right hand of power, rather than alongside the poor and the oppressed.