AMERICA/HONDURAS - Mgr. Romulo Emiliani’s appeal: "Assassins and instigators, stop killing!"

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 violence   bishops   evangelization  

San Pedro Sula (Agenzia Fides) - "Honduras is experiencing difficult days during this Lent season, due to the events that have affected families", says Auxiliary Bishop of San Pedro Sula, His Exc. Mgr. Romulo Emiliani, recalling that Lent is the liturgical time of conversion.
"Although the statistics carried out by the institutions agree on the fact that killings have decreased, what affects all is the impact of the crimes committed, especially the massacre in Comayagüela and of the indigenous leader Berta Caceres (see Fides 04/03/2016).
I feel sorry for these deaths, but also because Honduras is much more than this. We continue to have a bad reputation at an international level", said the Bishop.
The note sent to Fides from a local source reports the Bishop’s dialogue with the local press, during which he stressed: "We need to reflect and think about our collective sins, for example the lack of sensitivity to the pain of hunger and extreme poverty. We are used to seeing poverty, but God does not want poverty. We all have something to blame for what is happening in Honduras".
Mgr. Emiliani has also appealed to the killers: "Every time you kill, there are orphans, widows, mothers who mourn, families in grief and mourning. For the killers and masterminds of these deaths I say stop killing! If here on earth there is impunity, there will be the final judgment. There is a hell prepared for those who continue to kill". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 09/03/2016)