"After half a century of war and years of negotiations Colombians hoped that peace had come to their country at last after the government and FARC, Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces, reached a peace agreement being signed a popular vote against it shocked the world and set back the process of peacemaking. The Episcopal Diocese of Colombia, alongside the rest of the religious community, has a vital role to play in reconciliation, as it tries to help prevent a return to the years of violence and instability". The Rev. Jose Suarez is an Episcopal priest works in an area severely affected by the war and still suffering from much criminal violence and economic hardship. "The Bishop, [the Rt. Rev. Francisco Duque], indicated that the reaffirmation of the ceasefire by both sides following the 'no' vote was a hopeful sign. 'The people have had doubts about what the FARC will get [after the accord], but all of us want an end to the war. As a church we see our role will be to reconcile brothers with such polarized opinions and to pursue building peace together', he said. Though, he added, the church recognises that the way forward will not be easy".