One of Latin America’s most prominent Roman Catholic bishops was kidnapped this week on his way to a religious service in the town of Pacho, near Bogotá. Two gunmen stopped a car carrying Bishop Jorge Enrique Jimenez, who as president of the Latin American Episcopal Conference helps set church policy for the region. The kidnappers grabbed Jimenez and a priest traveling with him, and disappeared. No one claimed responsibility, but the army blamed the country’s main leftist rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym, FARC). “This is a crime against humanity,” said army chief Gen. Carlos Alberto Ospina.
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