AMERICA - Religious lament the decay of democracy and the social fabric in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, 13 June 2022 religious institutes  

Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - The Confederation of Religious of Latin America and the Caribbean (CLAR) deplores "with deep concern the deterioration of democracy, the social fabric and the growing political instability in many of our countries, where fundamental freedoms are sometimes at risk". The message recalls the recent XXI Ordinary General Assembly of CLAR, which brought together representatives of 22 national religious conferences in Colombia from June 1st to 4th (see Fides, 6/6/2022).
The Religious urgently appealed to political, social and economic leaders to overcome the cracks in the health, education and social systems that had arisen in particular as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. "It is unacceptable that the threats to democracy, climate change and lack of equal access to economic, social and political opportunities continue to disproportionately affect the lives of the most vulnerable and systematically excluded people in each of our countries." In the message, the religious reaffirm their solidarity with the poor and express their solidarity and affection with their sisters and brothers, especially in Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, in these times of extreme need and insecurity. "The situation of their communities of faith and life, and in particular that of the people and communities who accompany them, challenges us and invites us to care for one another, certain that we carry a treasure in vessels of clay and in a state of fragility ", the joint statement said. The religious should show solidarity with the marginalized of history and the earth, showing courage, inner serenity and full trust in God's actions. "As religious, we watch over, care for and support the most vulnerable through prayer, communication and political and social influence. Committed and persistent witness strengthens us, and this strength inspires solidarity and hope," it concluded. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 13/6/2022)