Lima (Agenzia Fides) - "From the current situation, marked by suffering, anguish and death, as a consequence of the pandemic, let us reflect together on two fundamental points of these holy days: the cross and the resurrection", thus begins the text of the Peruvian Bishops' Conference published as a message to the People of God for Holy Week and sent to Agenzia Fides.
In the midst of the third wave of the pandemic, Peruvian society is unable to contain the high number of Covid cases. The age of the victims show that adults and young people die from the virus every day.
"Brothers, we know well what you are going through, we know your sufferings, your uncertainties and your concerns: we are very close to you and will continue to accompany you in this period of trial. We know of your deep pain for the unexpected death of your loved ones; we know of your anguish when oxygen cannot be easily found for your sick; we know that many have lost their jobs; we know of the needs and poverty of many of you. We have also lost a relative, a friend, a brother priest, a brother bishop. We also cry, we also suffer, we also carry the cross each day, with you", continues the text of the bishops.
"For this reason - continues the text - we turn to the crucifix: in it we find meaning for our lives. We look for oxygen or a hospital bed that cannot be found; We continue working with the risk of contagion in the hope of being able to take a piece of bread home; or even, with limited financial resources, share it with those who have their own need".
"It is you who have embraced the redeeming cross and continue to fight courageously to overcome the suffering caused by the pandemic and other situations in life". "However, Christ died and rose again. Christ rose to redeem our history today.
Let us pray to the Lord at this hour to make us feel the joy of his light, the light of the Risen One, and we ask him to be ourselves, bearers of his light, so that, through the Church, the splendor of the face of Christ risen, enter the world and illuminate this dark night of the pandemic", concludes the text.
Although Peru has started its vaccination campaign, it is still unable to limit the amount of Covid cases. There are currently more than 1.5 million cases with 51,000 deaths from Covid. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 27/3/2021)