AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Violence in Latin American countries: Bishops call to "pray and work for peace"

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 violence   episcopal conferences   peace   religious freedom   dialogue  

Asunción (Agenzia Fides) - "In response to situations of great violence and attacks on people and holy places in different countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region, we invite all the Catholic faithful and all those who believe in God to join us in prayer to stop abuses, clashes among brothers and to respect religious freedoms": this is the appeal launched by the Secretary General of the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference, Mgr. Amancio Benítez, Bishop of Benjamín Aceval, in a message of November 19 inviting "to pray and work for peace".
Mgr. Benitez recalls that "peace is a gift of God and at the same time our commitment", urging us to ask "the Prince of Peace to give it to us and to encourage all of God's children to work for it".
The message recalls the words of Mgr. Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, OFM, President of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), in the face of the serious situation that Chile and many Latin American countries is facing: "the pilgrim Church in Latin America and in the Caribbean is a body, when a part of the body suffers, the Church suffers, shares its pain, but also its hope", this is why it is necessary to insist on the need to "seek peace through dialogue, with the participation of all the protagonists and institutions, to find real solutions oriented to the common good" (see Fides, 12/11/2019).
The Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Paraguay concludes his appeal by invoking our Lord Jesus Christ so as to help "strengthen ourselves in prayer and find solutions to live in peace in our nations". (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides, 20/11/2019)