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Twenty-two people made up this unique group of pilgrims from Colombia. They proudly carried their country's flag. And they brought four priests from their parishes with them. The pilgrims came to Rome to see Pope Francis, but it was just one part of their eventful journey.

HENRY GARZÓN
Saint Gertrude Parish (Colombia)
"We were called to attend this great event, the Pope's audience. With spiritual guidance, every single one of us decided to come to this great event, and from here we will go to the Holy Land.”

It was the first time many of the pilgrims had been to Rome and had taken part in a general audience. They came from the diocese of Engativá, which has more than 1.5 million people and is nearly 6,000 miles from Rome. According to one of the pilgrims, one of the biggest challenges for the Church in Colombia is spiritual formation.

HENRY GARZÓN
Saint Gertrude Parish (Colombia)
"A great crisis of values is currently taking place, as Pope Francis has already said. We have some spiritual problems, but Colombia is currently experiencing change, and the country is turning toward religiousness and spirituality.”

Children, the elderly, and married couples try to help their parishes. He continued by saying that that they try to commit concrete actions with clear objectives.

HENRY GARZÓN
Saint Gertrude Parish (Colombia)
"Catechizing and informing people, so that they can be closer to God. That is the main objective, for the family, children, and young people to come back to the Church once again. They can return and regroup.”

Rome wasn't the final stop on their journey. Once they got to know the Eternal City, they flew to the Holy Land, which is more than 7,000 miles from Colombia.


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