Pope places intentions before the image of the black Christ of Bojayá

Pope places intentions before the image of the black Christ of Bojayá


The Broken Christ or Black Christ of Bojayá, an emblematic sign of the worst massacre in Colombia, was present at the Encounter of National Reconciliation presided over by Pope Francis in Colombia. park of Las Malocas in Villavicencio, Colombia.

On May 2, 2002, members of block 58 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) threw a gas balloon into the interior of the temple of Bojayá, department of Chocó, which killed more than 100 people and left image of the Crucified Christ without arms or legs.

This occurred in the context of armed clashes between the FARC and the paramilitaries of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), for control of the area.
The inhabitants of the place remained in the middle of the cross fire and ran to take shelter to the temple, it was then when the massacre occurred.

The local people and priests rescued the image of the Christ and kept it until it was restored and installed in Bellavista, municipal head of Bojayá.

In September 2016, the guerrillas of the FARC apologized to the victims of the massacre and presented the Black Christ of Bojayá, built by the Cuban sculptor Enrique Angulo.
The mutilated Christ went on a pilgrimage last September 4 from the Parish of St. Paul the Apostle of Bellavista, Bojayá, passed through Quibdó and Bogota and arrived this September 8 in Villavicencio.

The Christ of Bojayá represents "the pain and suffering of the people, symbolizes the fractured life projects of people and communities and also reflects the pain of Colombian society," says Caritas Colombiana in his press release.

The Pope placed all of thes following intentions before the image of the Crucified One, the black Christ of Bojayá:

O black Christ of Bojayá,
who remind us of your passion and death;
together with your arms and feet
they have torn away your children
who sought refuge in you.

O black Christ of Bojayá,
who look tenderly upon us
and in whose face is serenity;
your heart beats
so that we may be received in your love.

O black Christ of Bojayá,
Grant us to commit ourselves to restoring your body.
May we be your feet that go forth to encounter
our brothers and sisters in need;
your arms to embrace
those who have lost their dignity;
your hands to bless and console
those who weep alone.

Make us witnesses
to your love and infinite mercy.

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 08:29
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