Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - "We cannot silence the pain we feel in the face of this cruel reality: the elderly are not respected and children are eliminated, crime is killing the memory of peoples". These are the heartfelt words of the Archbishop of Bogotá, emeritus of Popayan, Mgr. Luis José Rueda Aparicio, who mourns the death of a 5-year-old girl, victim of an attack against her family in the district of La Toma, in the municipality of Suárez-Cauca.
"In the last few days several children have been murdered in their homes or along the country roads in the Cauca department", writes the Archbishop in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides.
In the text, the Archbishop underlines that "innocents in Cauca, due to fratricidal actions, are falling into a destructive and murderous war, which eliminates the soul and mattifies the brightness of life". He therefore denounces that "we have hardened the heart" and we do not listen to the cry of the indigenous or black child, from the countryside or from the city. Maria, Juan Pablo, Sofia, Camila or Juan José "were light of a new day, hope of life, eliminated by war".
"Listen Cauca, beautiful land, sing and fight for peace, do not give up", urges Mgr. Rueda Aparicio. Looking at the Son of God, who was hung on the cross for our love, and changed our mourning into joy in the face of the triumph of life, he invites: "it is time for new paths, for dialogue and unity, for mercy and disarmament, of justice and truth, of a shared land, of encounter and welcome, of prayer and peace".
The Archbishop of Bogota concludes his message with these words: "The face of children tells us that life is sacred, children are the voice of God, the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like children". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 13/5/2020)