Pope prays for Colombian victims and ex-fighters


Pope prays for Colombian victims and ex-fighters

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia

Pope Francis brought together thousands of victims of Colombia’s half-century-long conflict with their former victimizers, presiding over a prayer for reconciliation Friday in hopes of solidifying the country’s peace process and healing still-fresh wounds.

In the highlight of his Colombia pilgrimage, Francis flew into an area once besieged by leftist rebels to pray with victims and urge them to overcome their grief by forgiving their assailants. And he urged the ex-fighters to have the courage to seek that forgiveness, saying peace will fail unless both sides reconcile.

Looming large over the ceremony in the central city of Villavicencio was a poignant symbol of the conflict: a mutilated statue of Christ rescued from a church that was destroyed in a 2002 rebel mortar attack in the impoverished town of Bojaya. The battle-scarred torso, missing its arms and legs, was front and center onstage as a tangible reminder of one of the war’s worst massacres.

Pence to speak at 9/11 ceremony honoring Flight 93 victims

SHANKSVILLE, Pa.

Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks at the crash site of United Flight 93 in a Pennsylvania field as the country marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Pence will speak Monday at the ceremony in Shanksville at the national memorial to the victims of Flight 93.

Four al-Qaida hijackers crashed the plane on Sept. 11, 2001, after the passengers and crew fought to wrest control of the aircraft, preventing it from reaching Washington.

Thirty-three passengers and seven crew members died.

Pence will address the family and friends of the victims and thousands of citizens who also are expected to attend.

Ohio Air Force base to house planes sheltering from Irma

DAYTON

An Ohio Air Force base is providing shelter for military aircraft leaving the south because of Hurricane Irma.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton says at least 20 planes were expected to land at the base Friday.

The base says the planes include six F-15s from the 125th Fighter Wing out of Jacksonville, Fla., Air National Guard Base and eight P-8s and six P-3s from the Patrol Squadron Thirty out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The base says it’s also expecting three C-17s from the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.

Man wanted in ’74 fatal car crash found by Marshals

CLEVELAND

Authorities say a man wanted on charges related to a fatal car accident in 1974 has been found in Maryland.

Cleveland.com reports the cold case unit of the U.S. Marshals office in Cleveland arrested 67-year-old Alan Brown on Tuesday in Bladensburg, Md.

Brown was indicted 43 years ago on an aggravated vehicular-homicide charge for killing a passenger in a car he sideswiped at more than 90 mph while driving the wrong way on Interstate 71.

Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler says Brown was tracked from around Detroit to the area around Washington, D.C.

Siler says Brown worked odd jobs since 1974, moving around and using fake names to avoid detection by authorities.

Associated Press

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