AMERICA/BOLIVIA – Diocesan clergy: “May the synodal journey be a source of profound renewal for the Church and for all of society”

AMERICA/BOLIVIA – Diocesan clergy: “May the synodal journey be a source of profound renewal for the Church and for all of society”

Cochabamba (Agenzia Fides) – “May this time of synodal renewal be a source of profound renewal, not only for our Church, but for our whole society and of personal conversion for all”. In this way we will be able to discern the signs of the times, grow in fidelity to the Gospel and to the Magisterium of the Church, encouraging ourselves and our people “not to fail in the face of so much anguish and pain, and to fortify us in the joys and hopes in the different situations that we live”. This is the exhortation of the diocesan clergy of Bolivia to the People of God.
The diocesan clergy gathered from July 4 to 7 at the National Major Seminary of San José of the Archdiocese of Cochabamba, for the Ordinary Assembly which had as its theme “The diocesan clergy in the Synodal Church”. The 186 priests of the 18 ecclesiastical jurisdictions of the country, accompanied by their bishops, sent at the end of the works a “Message to the People of God in Bolivia” entitled “What we have seen and heard, we proclaim it to you now, so that may you also have fellowship with us, for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 Jn 1:3).
This Assembly was an opportunity to meet in friendship and joy, after the Covid-19 pandemic, they write in the text. The meeting highlighted the situations that hurt but also those that give hope. “We view with concern the pain and suffering of our people, due to precarious work, lack of justice, violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking and lack of respect for life” , write the priests in the message sent to Fides.
The consequences of this situation are “orphaned children, families immersed in pain, in a desperate search for justice, which never comes. No human suffering is left without our concern, our constant prayer to God the Merciful Father and our pastoral action”. Hope comes from the observation “of the effort and the daily struggle of many to establish in their environment this kingdom of peace and love that only Christ can bring us”. The priests cite families, “who, united, are true witnesses of God’s love”, young people, “who, in their healthy rebellion, seek to establish the civilization of love”, and all those who, “by their daily work, increase the hope of a better future”. Quoting the words of Pope Francis, the priests of Bolivia reiterate the urgency of “focusing our gaze on Christ and discovering in our ministerial life so many people simple and humble who live their friendship with the Lord with great faith”. In this synodal journey, we must therefore make their voices heard. The Holy Spirit “never abandons the Church”, and the Bolivian clergy express the certainty that with his guide “we will overcome the difficulties of the present moment”, and in the synodal journey to which the Church invites us, “by discovering the face of the brother, we will be able to establish this Kingdom of God, so desired by all, by reminding us that the fundamental commandment is c he of love”.
Finally, the Bolivian diocesan clergy reaffirms its commitment “to walk together in the priestly community, with our bishops and our people to witness to the mercy of God”, accompanying the construction of a society where love, unity, freedom, justice and peace.
Grateful to God for the gift of a vocation, they thank all those who collaborate “in this arduous task of evangelization, doing their utmost to build the Kingdom of God”. To the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invoked with the title of Urkupiña, Bolivian priests entrust their lives and the lives of their peoples, so that they may always be protected from all current dangers and “to walk with joy, showing everyone the way to Salvation (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 7/8/2022)


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