Managua (Fides Service) - The Bishops of Nicaragua denounce with concern growing spiritual and material poverty signs of which are “a loss of values and progressive social frustration” and underline the urgent need to “restore the foundations of social harmony, create spaces for dialogue and foster common efforts to promote solidarity, justice and respect for the truth”. The restoration of these foundations demands an effort to identify points which create division and conflict in the social, cultural, political and economic fields: “Respect for the truth is fundamental, without it there can be no social harmony”. In this context the Bishops recall that in the past dialogue and efforts for reconciliation at times of crisis helped identify points of discord and to reach compromises of benefit for the people of Nicaragua.
Expressing solidarity with all who suffer from poverty, unemployment, social exclusion, the Bishops address a special word to immigrants “who leave their families in search of a better life and strive to integrate into a new culture but often experience painful situations and even death. These are tragedies which demand reflection on the need to find paths for social integration and harmony with awareness and respect for the value of the life of every human person”. In this perspective the Bishops stress the need “to promote justice because without justice it is impossible to build in peace worthy development for all because when the law goes hand in hand with egotism and opportunism of individuals and groups it becomes an unbearable burden of tolls and sanctions”. (RZ) (Agenzia Fides 19/11/2005, righe 22, parole 314)