Agenzia Fides report - The Message of the Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (ECP) published on the occasion of the Bicentennial of Independence reflects the deepest desire of the people of Paraguay: the desire to break free from the scourge of corruption and to have a more worthy and better organized political class . This new urgent appeal aims to promote the application of policies that will overcome "the old and repetitive defects that favor the interests of individuals and movements on a vision that embraces the interests of society as a whole. People need to feel safe and have confidence in political protagonists, "said the Message which was sent to Fides.
The Message, which is titled "A new evangelization for a new Paraguay". was read by Archbishop Claudio Gimenez Medina, Bishop of Caacupé in the Cathedral of Asuncion on May 14. Besides the desire of getting rid of the scourge of corruption forever, the document also calls for giving priority to the most disadvantaged social groups through "a social policy that goes beyond charity and promotes fair economy."
The celebration of the bicentennial of independence must serve "to show more love to the country, with specific and concrete actions" is written in the message. Since it is everyone`s responsibility, as pointed out by the Bishop of Caacupé, the Paraguayans have to exercise their rights as citizens, and primarily the right to vote, with greater awareness and sense of responsibility, to change the present deplorable state of things.
The message ends with these words: "We Bishops of Paraguay believe that evangelization should form a new Paraguayan man, who passionately loves God, its country, the Church and brothers and sisters who are most in need of God's love . As a nation united in justice, equality and peace, we look at a vision of hope for our country so our country will turn into being holy and consecrated to God. I want to give the descendants new people, a new society , that in the Bicentenary celebration of national independence looks within himself to rediscover its Christian roots. "