Yopal (Agenzia Fides) - "Good politics at the service of reconciliation and peace" was the theme of the meeting of dialogue and political discussion organized by the Diocese of Yopal and by the National Conciliation Commission (CCN) which took place on September 25 in the city of Yopal, capital of the department of Casanare. Six candidates participated in the meeting between representatives of the communities and candidates for the government of this department, who presented their government program to the social leaders of different sectors and to representatives of the Catholic clergy. The debate raised concerns about the need to solve problems that hinder the development of the department in key sectors such as education, youth, family and economy.
Mgr. Édgar Aristizábal Quintero, Bishop of the Diocese of Yopal, noted that this meeting sought to promote good governance among the candidates and to involve citizens in the accompaniment of good politics, which must be based on ethical and moral principles.
The initiative is part of the line of work on political training for reconciliation and peace that the CCN develops with the support of the Norwegian embassy in Colombia. The population participates in these meetings as they are considered an opportunity for information and preparation for the regional elections next October. The same initiative will also take place in Buga, Puerto Carreño y Leticia.
A few days ago, on the second anniversary of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis to Colombia (see Fides 10/9/2019), the Bishops renewed the appeal to all Colombian citizens to "accelerate the path towards definitive peace, personal and social reconciliation, rejection of violence as a method to overcome inequalities, consolidation of unity and institutionality". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 27/9/2019)