AMERICA/ARGENTINA - Bishops of Patagonia: "Christmas invites us to take the path of non-discrimination"

Thursday, 15 December 2016 violence   evangelization   local churches  

Neuquén (Agenzia Fides) - In their message for Christmas, the Bishops of the Region of Patagonia-Comahue ask to reflect on the violence that the country lives. "Everything seems infested by violence. We know that violence begets more violence. Let us not make this mistake! If we want to safeguard the rights of every person and the equal dignity of all without discrimination, the real path full of hope to overcome differences and conflicts will never be violence, but that of respect, dialogue and fraternal encounter", reads the message, published yesterday in all the dioceses of the region.
"Conflicts arise when one treats the other not as 'someone', as a person, with the same dignity as himself, but as if he were 'something'.
"Christmas invites us to take the path of non-discrimination and the acceptance of others, so we strive to seriously fulfill our work and our duties towards others" concludes the text, signed by the Bishops of the dioceses of Neuquén, Comodoro Rivadavia, Alto Valle of Rio Negro, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Gallegos, Viedma, Prelature of Esquel and Merlo-Moreno. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 15/12/2016)