September 6, 2017 – September 10, 2017
The Pope will depart from Rome on September 6 and arrive in Bogotá, the nation’s capital, later that day (It looks to be about a 10 hour flight, at least).
On September 7, he will be celebrating Mass in Bogota’s Simon Bolivar park, with crowds estimated at up to one million people.
The Holy Father will then visit Villavicencio on September 8, where he will preside at a prayer meeting for national reconciliation. The conflict between the nation’s government and leftist guerillas, which began in 1964, has claimed the lives of over 175,000 civilians. A peace agreement between the government and FARC, the largest guerilla group, was signed in 2016.
On September 9, the Pope will spend a day in Medellín, the nation’s second-largest city, and then on September 10, he will travel to Cartagena, where St. Peter Claver ministered to slaves.
Pope Francis will depart from Colombia on September 10, returning to Rome the following day.