AMERICA/PERU - Digital Plenary Assembly of the bishops: restructuring of CELAM, health crisis and current situation are on the agenda

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 episcopal conferences   coronavirus   social situation   politics  


Lima (Agenzia Fides) - The 117th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Peru opened yesterday, Monday 18 January. The 54 Bishops of the 46 ecclesiastical jurisdictions of the country will meet in virtual form until next Thursday, 21 January. The meeting will be chaired by Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, Archbishop of Trujillo and President of the Peruvian Bishops' Conference (CEP). The "Renewal and restructuring of CELAM" is also on the agenda. In a spirit of communion and synodality, the bishops will also deal with other issues and analyze the latest developments in the country, both with regard to the health crisis and the socio-political and pastoral situation. In Peru there have been demonstrations in the last three months, in which young people in particular have called for radical political change and the resignation of the president (see Fides 23/11/20). In anticipation of the presidential elections on April 11, 2021 and in view of a second wave of the corona pandemic, Peru is currently facing political uncertainty and has no political leadership that unites the majority of the population. In mid-November 2020 the Peruvian Bishops' Conference published a declaration on the country's political crisis, which reflected what the population had expressed in many public demonstrations: "Every day, mistrust, uncertainty and insecurity are irreversibly affecting the country's progress. We need a clear path to get out of this crisis. It is essential to listen to the cries and demands of the people, in order to regain trust, tranquility and social peace. Therefore, efforts to achieve a profound and comprehensive "social dialogue" are of fundamental importance in the search for alternative solutions to confrontations and conflicts", (see Fides 16/11/2020). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 19/1/2021)