- Title: Security tightens, excitment ramps up hours before Pope arrival
- Date: 6th September 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF MAN SELLING PHOTOS OF POPE
- Embargoed: 20th September 2017 15:42
- Keywords: Pope Francis Juan Manuel Santos ELN FARC peace
- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- City: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026XGLY6F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Security was tight and excitement high in Colombia on Wednesday (September 6) as the country awaited the long-anticipated arrival of Pope Francis.
Police were on patrol at parks and churches as vendors sold papal images and banners welcomed the pontiff.
Pope Francis arrives in Colombia later on Wednesday with a message of unity for a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels but left many victims of the bloodshed wary of the national healing process.
Francis, making his 20th foreign trip since becoming pontiff in 2014 and his fifth to his native Latin America, arrives in Bogota and will travel later in the week to the cities of Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena.
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