AFRICA/CONGO - The Bishops: "Mercy is a political act par excellence"

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Brazzaville (Agenzia Fides) - "Mercy is a political act par excellence" say the Catholic Bishops of the Republic of Congo to the politicians of their Country in the Message published at the end of their 44th Plenary Assembly, sent to Fides.
In the document, entitled "Merciful as the Father", the Bishops give some guidance to the faithful on the Year of Mercy. In what concerns the political life he highlights that politics "is not the place where to enter in conflict nor the solution of conflicts of interest", but it is the "place of charity, political charity". This is why they invite politicians: "not to just seek your personal interest, on the contrary, try to give priority to the common good".
In view of the presidential elections, the message stresses that "the election period is often a time of anguish in our Country. Politicians are required to hold transparent and fair elections. It is important that no law is violated, and no event may disturb the elections and peace in our Country".
The Bishops hope that the future President "eliminates impunity from State management, and works for justice, the welfare of every citizen, punishing corruption, in particular by renewing the anti-corruption commission". It is also hoped that the new "Head of State pays particular attention to prisoners who have fragile health and controls that justice is done for the benefit of those who are awaiting trial, in this Year of Jubilee of Mercy". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 16/02/2016)