San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) – To evaluate the pastoral work of each nation and propose new goals for next year: this is the purpose of the meeting of the Central American Bishops' Secretariat (SEDAC), formed by the Bishops of Central America, who are gathered in El Salvador from 27 November to 1 December. This year the annual meeting celebrates the 75th anniversary of the ecclesial institution and the closure of the Centenary of the birth of Blessed Óscar Romero.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the opening Mass of SEDAC’s annual meeting was presided by Archbishop of Panama, Mgr. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A. at San José de la Montaña Major Seminary. Tuesday 28th, second working day, began with the Mass presided by Cardinal Óscar Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa-Honduras. The sessions of this day were dedicated to young people from Central America. Today, November 29, the Eucharistic celebration is presided over by Mgr. José Luis Escobar, Archbishop of San Salvador and President of SEDAC, in the metropolitan Cathedral.
On Thursday 30, a pilgrimage will take place in Ciudad Barrios, the hometown of Blessed Romero, where the Mass will be presided over by Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Secretary of SEDAC. Due to the importance of this event, live coverage is ensured.
Central America is experiencing a historic moment for several reasons: a stronger democracy appears to be able to denounce corruption at all levels; there is growing awareness of the duty to respect the environment, to stop the climatic phenomena that caused deaths and material damage; there is a great deal of solidarity in the reception of migrants coming from nearby or far-away countries; the role of the Catholic Church following the example of Pope Francis in respect for human rights and fraternal assistance to the poorest is recognized. The Bishops of Central America reaffirm their daily commitment towards the youngest to celebrate in a coherent manner the Centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/11/2017)