“We invite you to make a great effort to renew the hope of every person in his family and in his educational, work, and community environments”. This is the exhortation that the Bishops of Chile address in the Message published at the beginning of Advent and at the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly, which took place via videoconference in two moments: from 9 to 12 and from 24 to 25 November, reported Fides News Agency.

“Our country – write the Bishops – is experiencing intense moments that affect and involve individuals and their families, within a complex health, economic, social and political situation, and within the framework of an important constituent process marked by great desire for a fairer and more equitable society”.

The unexpected arrival of Covid-19 has forced us to change lifestyles and make sacrifices, especially to help the weakest. The message notes that “situations of prolonged violence” persist, which particularly affect women and children, in sectors with limited resources due to drug trafficking, in addition to the permanent wound which bleeds in the Araucanía region. The reciprocal denigration within the political debate and a weak leading group “have done nothing other than to increase the crisis of social life”, underline the Bishops. “We humbly invite those responsible for public work to take up the challenges we face as a country, with particular regard to the poorest and most vulnerable.”

Praise the Lord

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