Lima (Agenzia Fides) - "Today, in our context of social tension, we must strengthen and give priority and attention to the health emergency and the economic and social crisis affecting our country. It is time to build evangelical paths of solidarity, fraternity and integral development", said Father Victor Livori, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Peru, speaking of the complex and delicate situation that the Latin American country is going through. Political tensions have grown in Peru: a total of three presidents have died in less than four years, and the coronavirus epidemic has recorded 979,000 cases with over 36,000 deaths. "During this time of the pandemic - says Father Victor - we have organized activities of missionary animation and training in the context of virtual meetings. In collaboration with a local television station, Pax TV, we have set up a 'missionary marathon' with the aim of making our work better known and at the same time to raise awareness of the responsibility of every baptized person who is committed to fraternal cooperation of solidarity and support the proclamation of the Gospel to all peoples".
"We are far from overcoming this crisis", underlines Fr. Livori, "because national production has drastically decreased and millions of jobs have been lost, including the most vulnerable". A few months before the presidential elections scheduled for April 2021, "Peruvians - reports the National Director of the PMS - expect governors to work in the interest of the common good, to overcome the controversies and uphold the rule of law and to seek consensus when it comes to the transformation of Peru", the National Director continued. "Today, as in the past - he concludes - the Peruvian Church continues to support its people by offering concrete help and preaching the Gospel, in order to promote dialogue for peace, development and spiritual formation". (ES) (Agenzia Fides, 12/12/2020)