The religious leader expressed his “pain” over the execution of the prisoners during a botched army rescue attempt on Friday.
In a letter to the Colombian ambassador for the Holy See, Cesar Mauricio Velazquez, the Pope wrote: “The Holy Father received this tragic news with sorrow and sends his prayers to the families of the victims and the beloved people of Colombia at this time of suffering. [He} begs for the cessation of violence.”
A spokesperson for the French government also condemned the “heinous murder” of the four security force members. A statement said, “France reaffirms its support of democracy and the rule of law in Colombia, and calls on armed groups to release all hostages.”