AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Bishops' Message before the violence that affects the country

Friday, 5 February 2016 bishops   violence   episcopal conferences   armed groups  

San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - At the conclusion of the Ordinary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of El Salvador, which took place from January 25 to 27, a "Message of the Bishops before the violence that the country is suffering" has just been published, in which the Bishops express their deep concern about the current situation that El Salvador is going through.
"As Pastors we feel powerless, but we cannot remain silent. A person’s life is sacred ... Often criminal weapons exceed those of the forces responsible for public safety and, often, these groups operate with impunity ... we condemn the arms trade that feeds crime", denounce the Bishops in the text sent to Fides.
"It is absolutely unacceptable that criminals continue to enrich themselves at the cost of sacrifice and suffering of honest, hard-working people, through theft and extortion. It hurts the soul that every year thousands of Salvadorans have to escape from violence in order to safeguard their life, migrating to other areas or countries. Abandonment of their properties, disintegration of the family and the deterioration of their identity are among the most serious consequences", reads the message.
"Faced with this difficult situation - the Bishops conclude - we want to encourage everyone to put our full trust in God and to work for peace, according to the call of Pope Francis for World Day of Peace this year: 'Overcome indifference and win peace'." (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 05/02/2016)