However, a second equally brutal armed conflict is still being conducted by the ELN, with 1,500 fighters.
Just 48 hours before the Pope’s arrival, the group and the government declared that they had agreed to a ceasefire that could open the way to a final peace settlement.
It was an early sign, perhaps of the power of the Pope’s visit.
Pope Paul VI came in 1968 but only visited Bogota and St. John Paul II went to 10 cities in 1986 including Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.
Francis is the only Pope to go to Villavicencio, the center of the civil conflict.
During his visit from 6th to 11th of September, he has planned to deliver five speeches, four homilies and two greetings and will recite the Angelus.
In a tweet before his departure the Pope said, “Dear Friends, please pray for me and all of Colombia, where I will be travelling for a journey dedicated to reconciliation and peace”.
Prayers are with you Pope. Everybody needs peace and you are always a peacemaker. The world has faith in you, Holy Father!!