September 6, 2017 / 9:27 PM / 9 months ago

Pope arrives in Colombia on mission to promote peace

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived on a five-day trip to Colombia on Wednesday with the hope his presence will unite a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels.

Pope Francis is accompanied by Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez upon his arrival in Bogota, Colombia, September 6, 2017. REUTERS / Stefano Rellandini

An Alitalia flight carrying the Argentine pontiff landed at the Catam military air base in Bogota and will head to the Vatican Embassy after being greeted by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Reporting by Helen Murphy; Editing by Sandra Maler

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