Quito (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of Ecuador reaffirm their commitment to "announce, dream and accompany" the pilgrim people in Ecuador, being a sign of unity, communion and hope for all men and women of good will. This is write the Bishops write in their Message published at the end of the 148th Plenary Assembly, celebrated from 9 to 11 November. In addition to examining the national reality that the country is experiencing, the Bishops also elected the new Council of Presidency for the next three years.
In the Message, sent to Fides, the Bishops reiterate in the first place that "they will continue to proclaim, with their witness and word, the gospel of life, justice, truth, freedom, reconciliation and peace" that Christ has entrusted to them.
They will then continue to dream of "a more human and fraternal society, where the values of inclusion, respect and equality of all Ecuadorians come first, especially the most vulnerable". Among these they mention the children who are to be born, women who suffer all kinds of violence, young people who have no education, thousands of families without work or social assistance. "It is time for agreements, not divisions" they stress, declaring their willingness to "build bridges of encounter and dialogue" among all sectors of society that seek the common good and not personal interests.
Finally, the Bishops reaffirm their will to accompany the people, "pilgrim in the midst of lights and shadows, hopes and fears": "We want to be signs of unity, communion, hope for all men and women of good will, even more in this time of pandemic, which reminds us that 'we are all brothers'."
They therefore announce the new Council of Presidency of the Bishops' Conference, elected for the three-year period 2020-2023: President: Mgr. Luis Cabrera, Archbishop of Guayaquil; Vice-president: Mgr. Alfredo José Espinoza, Archbishop of Quito; General Secretary: Mgr. David de la Torre, Auxiliary Bishop of Quito; Deputy Secretary General: Father Maximiliano Ordoñez, Archdiocese of Quito.
"Christ, whom we proclaim, celebrate and serve, enlighten us and give us strength in every circumstance", conclude the Bishops, entrusting themselves to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/11/2020)