AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Mgr. Medina's appeal: the government has abandoned flood victims

Monday, 26 June 2017

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Asunción (Agenzia Fides) - On the day of the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on June 23, Bishop emeritus of the diocese of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones (Paraguay), Mgr. Mario Melanio Medina celebrated Mass in the Salesian school, and urged young people to pray for the country because "our Country is hindered by the powerful". The celebration took place in the sports grounds of the school because hundreds of people participated in this feast, very much felt by the population.
"Our Country is hindered by the powerful - he said during the homily".
Then Mgr. Medina recalled the departments of Misiones and Ñeembucú, who have been suffering the consequences of flooding for months, underlining the lack of "national consciousness". "We need the intervention of our authorities so that these people do not suffer even more" he said. The Bishop then concluded: "But I think these powerful people cannot understand the situation that flood victims are experiencing, because they are locked in four walls with air conditioning and luxury doctors".
About 35,000 people were affected by the heavy droughts between April and May, and the resulting floods affecting the Department of Ñeembucú (south Paraguay), where 16 districts are still in a very serious situation. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 26/06/2017)