Caacupé (Agenzia Fides) - "We want happy young people who bring happiness, therefore our personal projects, our nation-wide project, must be a bet for young people", said yesterday His Exc. Mgr. Gabriel Narciso Escobar Ayala, S.D.B., Apostolic Vicar of Chaco Paraguayo, on the second day of the novena to the Virgin of the Miracles of Caacupé.
Stressing the importance of placing youth at the center of each project, and referring to the situation of the educational reality of the country, the Bishop, during his homily, said among other things: "There is no doubt that the development of peoples and our communities must pass through education, through formation. When I bet on education and formation I am obviously betting on a better country".
According to the note sent to Fides, the Apostolic Vicar of one of the poorest areas of the country, urged: "We must also commit ourselves to working for the spiritual and material health, as Christians we have much to say. We must be able to work together to improve public health and public education".
Finally, Mgr. Escobar Ayala launched an appeal to unity: "As a country, we must be people who work together, not separated. People in a divided country cannot build an honest and coherent country, because when we are divided we cannot go forth, other people will want to subjugate us while we fight for small special problems".
These words were interpreted with reference to the electoral tension.
On 8 December, feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the whole country stops to celebrate this Marian holiday, and more and more go on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Caacupé, city of Paraguay founded in 1770.
Caacupé is the capital of the department of Cordillera, home of the Diocese of Caacupé, and is considered the spiritual capital of Paraguay, in addition to being famous for its religious feast held annually on December 8th. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 30/11/2017)