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Bishop Faces Anti-Rebel Probe

Bishop Jose Luis Serna spends his days in an austere room at Our Lady of Fatima Church, staring from a window that overlooks the cloud-filled valleys of Colombia’s richest coffee country. His body shakes and sways in the grip of Parkinson’s disease. His voice has weakened to a whisper. But other thoughts now crowd into his empty afternoons, worrying him to tears in his tiny room on the hill. Once an adviser to Colombian presidents on how to bring peace to this country, the retired bishop, 67, now stands accused of being a guerrilla collaborator. In a country where religion and rebellion have mixed frequently over decades of civil war, he is the highest-ranking cleric to face a formal investigation on charges of conspiring against the government. Full Story

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