AMERICA/URUGUAY - Christian churches are demanding special cohesion in the pandemic

Thursday, 15 April 2021 coronavirus   local churches   easter  

Montevideo (Agenzia Fides) - "Hope is not created through magic, but when we see signs that allow us to continue believing and fighting .... Signs that we can already see in so many people in our society who are faced with the Covid-19 pandemic and have given rise to many initiatives of solidarity". This was underlined by the Council of Christian Churches of Uruguay (CICU) in a message addressed to the Uruguayan brothers and sisters, published "at this dramatic hour for our country , whose life so threatened by the pandemic and its consequences".
"We believe that in the face of this drama we are experiencing in the last few weeks, we all share similar feelings", the message says. "That is why we would like to unite with everyone with our solidarity and willingness to help those in need . It is also what our churches have tried in this difficult year". That is why the Council of Christian Churches invites "not to give in to the temptation to shut ourselves up in our pains", but to remain available "to comfort one another and to take care of one another".
The Council regrets "the polarizations we see in our coexistence" and stresses the need for dialogue and agreements "between all sectors of society and social organizations": "We have to talk, listen to one another, look ahead together, try to to understand each other and not to ignore the possible contributions of those who think differently".
Among the signs of hope they cite "the good progress of the vaccination campaign" and call for vaccination "to be seen as a contribution to the common good" and underline: "We need many more signs in this sense, especially from the authorities, from those who have some form of public responsibility, including our Churches, but also on the part of every citizen".
The message ends with an encouragement: "For those who trust in Christ Jesus despite all our disagreements, Easter is full of signs of life that give us hope ... and today, at this difficult hour, we want to proclaim to all that Jesus, who generously and humbly lived his life with special preference for the poorest, smallest and most afflicted people, speaking to us about the infinite power of love". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 15/4/2021)