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The beautiful city of Bogota is waiting to receive Pope Francisin in a few days. All their expectations are set on this visit that will surely renew the faith of the Colombian people and will bear fruit in religious vocations.

However, Lech Kowalewski, the international coordinator of the Czestochowa Icon pilgrimage had the opportunity to meet with some individuals and groups to discuss the Ocean to Ocean Initiative.

On Saturday, August 26, he met with key members of the Pastoral group for Life of the Diocese of Fontibon, who were on a training meeting on gender ideology. It is very important that the leaders know this particular Icon which is traveling the world in defense of human life, from conception to natural death, and that the American leaders discovered that through Her healing of Post-abortion syndrome is much faster, as suffering woman know that Our Mother who shows pain on her face understands them.

On Monday 28 August, Lech held a conversation with two leaders from the group organizing the 40 Days for Life: Pedro Niño and Javier Ramírez. This campaign began in the United States in 2004, and in Latin America is already done in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. The idea is to pray without rest in front of well-known abortion clinics in order to end this practice.

Thanks to the technological tools, Lech was able have a videoconference with Bishop Julio Hernando García Peláez, of the Diocese of Garagoa, who is very open to receive the Icon when She will be in this country. It was decided to do the conversation in this way as the round trip from Bogota by car would have taken more than 8 hours.

On the same day, he met Father Néstor Torres, director of the Missionary Youth Association, a very open and active priest who understands perfectly the problems and knows that young people must be trained in these issues for the good of Colombian society and the Catholic Church. Father Néstor was very receptive to the explanation that Lech could give.

Despite the cold temperature of the capital, the warmth of the people made these visits an experience to remember.

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