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Be the first to love, to build bridges, pope tells Colombians

Pope Francis boarded the plane in Italy for his trip to Colombia Sept. 6. Pope Francis arrived Sept. 6 for a five-day pastoral visit focused on reconciliation and peace.

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's transition to a just and lasting peace requires a commitment on behalf of all the nation's people to taking the first step toward reconciliation, Pope Francis said in a video message.

"'Let's take the first step' is the motto of this trip," the pope said in the message broadcast Sept. 4. "This reminds us also to be the first to love, to build bridges, to create fraternity."

"Taking the first step encourages us to go out to meet the other, to extend a hand and exchange the sign of peace," Pope Francis said.

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