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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Archbishop dedicated to fighting for peace in Colombia dies

On Tuesday, August 2, the Archbishop Emeritus of Tunja, Ms. Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, died in Bogota at the age of 80. Prelet devoted many years of his life to fighting for peace in Colombia.

According to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, the archbishop had respiratory problems related to Kovid, for which he was admitted to the intensive care unit of Marly Clinic, where he died a few days later.

In a statement published by the Archdiocese of Tunja, currently led by Mons.

“We thank God for the testimony of your love for Christ and the Church. Thank you for being a true architect of peace, in love with mission, inspired and prolific ecclesiastical writer and outstanding Catechist”, indicates the text.

“May his legacy be to present and future generations, a true encouragement to live zealously, work for the expansion of the kingdom of God, in a determined missionary commitment and in the quest for peace and reconciliation, through the paths of dialogue ” , he concludes.

In a note published by the Episcopal Conference of Colombia (CEC), it is reported that “the Colombian Church gratefully recognizes the spiritual and moral leadership of Monsignor Castro Quiroga” and “appreciates his commitment to the cause of peace, to his good offices”. Lends “as a mediator in armed conflict, which still causes great pain in the country”.

Bishop Luis Augusto Castro, who on several occasions mediated the negotiations and favored those abducted by FARC narco-terrorist guerrillas, was also chairman of the National Reconciliation Commission.

In that position and as president of the diocese, he always sought peace talks with the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and paramilitary groups.

Biography

He was born on 8 April 1942 in Bogota. He studied philosophy at the University of Javeriana in Bogota. He did his novice with the Consolata missionaries in Bedizole (Italy) and studied theology at the Urbaniana University in Rome.

He made his eternal profession on March 10, 1967. He was ordained a priest on 24 December of the same year. He specialized in counseling psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States, and earned a doctorate in theology at Javeriana University.

On 17 October 1986, he was ordained Apostolic Vicar of San Vicente – Puerto Leguizamo, receiving an Episcopal consecration on 29 November of the same year. That area was then one of the Colombian territories dominated by the FARC.

He was appointed Archbishop of Tunja on 14 March 1998.

From 2002 to 2005 he was Vice President of the CEC, an institution he later presided over between 2005 and 2008; and 2014 and 2017.

He was part of the Colombian delegation attending the V General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopate in Aparecida, Brazil in May 2007.

Two years ago, on February 11, 2020, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as Archbishop of Tunja.

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