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Pope urges release of kidnapped bishop

Pope John Paul II has expressed "deep pain" over the abduction of a senior bishop in Colombia and is appealing for the prelate's release.

The Vatican has released a telegram to the president of the Colombian bishops conference following the kidnapping of 60 year old Bishop Jorge Enrique Jimenez.

The Colombian bishop who is president of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM), was kidnapped on Monday in an area where leftist rebels are active.

No group claimed responsibility for Monday's kidnapping of Colombian bishop Jorge Enrique Jimenez, but Gen. Carlos Alberto Ospina, commander of the Colombian army, blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The abduction occurred in an area where the guerrillas are active.

The telegram said John Paul was participating in the pain of Colombia's bishops.

It said John Paul was praying that those responsible for the kidnapping free the bishop and "abandon all forms of violence."

Latin American Bishops Council chairman Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re also condemned the "inhumane gesture" and appealed for the Archbishop's release.

Irish Examiner

Colombian Bishop Kidnapped (AP)
Abduction of CELAM chairman: Pontifical Latin America Commission calls for his immediate release (MISNA)
Abduction of CELAM chairman: Pope John Paul II calls for immediate release (MISNA)
Abduction of CELAM chairman: BIOGRAPHIC CV (MISNA)
Army says rebels kidnap Colombian Catholic bishop (Reuters)
Colombian Rebels Kidnap Bishop (Catholic World News)
Bishop Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal, C.I.M. (
Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM) } President

13 Nov 2002