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Behind the scenes

Lutherans boost peace in Guatemala

Now it can be told. When pens scratched the final signatures on peace papers Dec. 29 in Guatemala City, ending 36 years of civil war that claimed 140,000 lives, Lutherans were seen but not heard.

No one mentioned the denomination or the Lutheran World Federation during the ceremony in the National Palace, but those connected with the peace process knew it probably wouldn't have happened without Lutheran behind-the-scenes efforts since 1988.


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