Sucre (Agenzia Fides) - The Bolivian Episcopal Conference (CEB) has published the Guidance Document and pastoral guidelines for the period 2020-2024, encouraging the faithful and all pastoral sectors to welcome it, study it and, above all, to put it into practice, as a testimony of a Church that walks and serves in unity. "To be witnesses of the risen Christ in the Church and in the world" is the invitation of Mgr. Fernando Bascopé, Military Ordinary of Bolivia, referring to the image of the risen Christ of Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik SJ, shown on the cover of the Document indicating the path of the coming years for the Church of Bolivia.
In the note sent to Agenzia Fides, Father José Fuentes Cano, Deputy Secretary General of the CEB, explains that "the document is the result of listening and collaboration between the Bishops and the various sectors of the People of God (priests, religious and lay people)" and has the aim to "illuminate Bolivia's pastoral plans to walk in unity towards the construction of a missionary and committed Church".
The approach follows the method of "seeing, judging, acting": therefore observing the country's social, political, cultural, economic, environmental and religious reality. To illuminate this reality with the Word of God and then take action to modify it according to the Gospel.
The pastoral priorities indicated are 6: Announcement of the Kerigma; Synodality and communion; Mission; Liturgy; Training itineraries; Integral promotion and care for creation. "These priorities are presented to the 18 ecclesiastical jurisdictions of Bolivia as a reference for communion, so that each pastoral sector can apply them according to its own particularities", says the Secretary for Pastoral Care of the CEB, Father Ben Hur Soto. Finally, Mgr. Aurelio Pesoa, Secretary General of the CEB, encourages everyone, on behalf of the Bishops of Bolivia, to take part in the evangelizing mission of the coming years, "for a more just, supportive, fraternal and free Bolivia". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 2/3/2020)