Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) - "Violence of any kind, physical or verbal, must be banned from Honduran culture, as it leads only to hatred and pain. We are all children of the same God the Father and, therefore, we are Honduran brothers", is the appeal launched by the Bishops' Conference of Honduras (CEH) to the elected authorities and to the entire population, entitled "Do not endanger the rule of law".
In the elections of November 28, 2021, Iris Xiomara Castro was elected President of Honduras, the first woman to take up this office, Social Democratic leader and wife of Manuel Zelaya, former President deposed by the 2009 coup that has seen ever since the conservative nationalist Party in power. In the same consultation, the deputies of the National Congress and the Central American Parliament were also elected, as well as the mayors.
In one of their messages after the elections (see Fides, 7/12/2021) the Bishops, who had already expressed their great concern for the social, economic and political situation of the country (see Fides, 15/10/2021; 27/11/2021), congratulated the citizens and elected representatives, hoping for the reconstruction of Honduras "in development, in peace, in respect for life and the dignity of the person".
In the statement, on January 23, 2022, sent to Fides, the CEH recalls that after the elections of November 28, "a climate of peace and fraternity had been created that gave hope to everyone to walk towards a better future". Unfortunately, in recent days, two parallel sessions of the National Congress have been held by elected deputies to elect the Authorities of this State Power.
By consulting experts in national and international law, the Bishops point out that such acts risk being null, "putting at risk a process that has developed in peace and in compliance with the law".
"We appeal to sincere and open dialogue, as soon as possible, between the elected President and the representatives of the two groups aspiring to the presidency of the Congress - ask the Bishops -, to agree and undertake a path that respects the law and brings back serenity and peace.
Dialogue - they underline - will have as its objective the search and realization of the greatest possible and equitable good of all Hondurans and not the interests of individuals, groups or parties". The Bishops conclude by inviting us to pray intensely to the Virgin of Suyapa, Patroness of Honduras. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 25/1/2022)