The Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM) expressed this April 28 its concern about the threats that lurk in Mexico against the lives of women and the weakest.
In a statement released within the framework of the 112th Plenary Assembly of the CEM, the Mexican bishops pointed out the threats “to human dignity and the values of the family, life, freedom of expression, democracy, education and hospitality in solidarity, and in the midst of prevailing violence, injustice and impunity”,
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This situation, they indicated, affects “especially the poor, migrants, women and the weakest.”
However, they stressed, hope in the Risen Christ drives Catholics to continue “fighting for peace, justice, tolerance, solidarity and dialogue.”
The Mexican bishops stressed that “the presence of Christ, the Crucified-Risen One, always instills confidence and hope.”
“Confidence not only for his assistance, which guarantees us victory over sin and death, but also for the trust he has placed in us to continue his work,” they indicated.
“And the hope that no reality, no matter how difficult, painful or complex it may be, has the last word, and always opens us to the possibility that with our existence, lived according to the Heart of Christ, the seeds of the Kingdom are sown. ”, they added.
The bishops then encouraged the Catholic faithful “to discover hope beyond the characteristics of our times of change.”
“We dare to affirm, with our eyes on the Risen One, that neither the culture of death, nor violence, nor lies, nor evil, will have the last word”, they expressed.
The CEM also highlighted “the deep cultural and religious roots that give us identity as a Mexican people, the mature fruit of the coherent testimony of many missionary disciples throughout five hundred years of evangelization, and of the presence of Mary of Guadalupe, who has translated for us the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with great tenderness and with a very kind voice: ‘Am I not here who am your mother?’”.
The bishops also asked “to avoid making unilateral readings of the times we live in, which contribute to polarization: those from above, those from below; those of before, those of now; the good ones, the bad ones”.
“Faced with complex times, a new audacity and lucidity of believers are necessary, fix their gaze on the Prince of Peace”, they pointed out.