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Colombia president says Pope Francis to visit

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 29, 2016 - 9:55 AM

BOGOTA - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says Pope Francis will pay a visit to his country in the first quarter of next year.

The pope promised in February to visit Colombia if the country's government and rebels signed a peace treaty to end Latin American's longest-running conflict. The treaty was signed on Monday, though it still must be ratified by voters.

Francis gave a strong push to the Colombian negotiators while he was in Cuba last year, telling them they didn't have the right to abandon peace efforts.

Santos announced the upcoming four-day visit a meeting of the country's petroleum industry.

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