Dynamite Attack on Archbishop of Medellin's Residence

BOGOTA, Colombia, AUG. 25, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop Antonio Giraldo Jaramillo of Medellin appealed again for national reconciliation following a dynamite attack on his residence. The attack wounded two policemen.

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The archbishop was not in his residence when a fragmentation grenade exploded, thrown by two men on motorcycle. The explosion, around 8 p.m. Friday, damaged the residence’s parking area, ACI reported.

At the time, the archbishop was in Valledupar, where he had traveled for the installation of the new bishop of the area.

Asked who might be responsible for the attack, Archbishop Giraldo Jaramillo said: «Frankly, I have no idea,» and added «if someone has something against the Church, the best thing would be for us to meet and talk.»

The archbishop appealed for reconciliation in Colombia, pointing out that dialogue is still the best way, as «violence only confuses everyone.»

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