A piece of peace

Pope Francis receiving "the pencil of the peace" as a gift from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos prior to their meeting at the Vatican yesterday. The writing instrument was reportedly used to sign a peace agreement between the Colombian governm
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Pope Francis receiving "the pencil of the peace" as a gift from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos prior to their meeting at the Vatican yesterday.

The writing instrument was reportedly used to sign a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to end a decades-long conflict.

President Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2016, with the headline 'A piece of peace'. Print Edition | Subscribe