Santa Cruz (Agenzia Fides) – On Sunday 21 June, from the minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Mártir, Cathedral of the archdiocese of Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Mgr Sergio Gualberti presided over the Mass concelebrated by Mgr. René Leigue, Auxiliary Bishop, Fr. Hugo Ara, Rector of the Cathedral and Vicar for Communications, and Fr. Mario Ortuño, Chaplain of Palmasola. In his homily, the Archbishop said that Jesus, from personal experience, knows well that the mission can cause resistance and persecution, therefore he repeats to the disciples: "Do not be afraid" three times.
"The hope of enjoying eternal life one day does not imply ignoring our earthly life, a gift from God that we must take great care of, especially in this time of pandemic. It is a serious threat to everyone's life, especially for the most vulnerable sectors, including migrants and refugees, as the celebration of World Refugee Day reminded us. These brothers and sisters, including families with children, who are also present in our city, suffer more, due to the lack of work, health care, basic food and housing insecurity, because they cannot pay the rent, and run the risk of further infections", said the Prelate.
"In response to this worsening of the health and social situation in our city and department, our authorities, with the support of various sectors and institutions, including the Catholic Church, have launched the "Crusade for Life", an extraordinary measure to counter this deadly disease - announced Archbishop Gualberti - A significant number of groups, with all the necessary security measures, will visit homes to identify and provide assistance to those affected and their families. We respond to this initiative by urging young people and adults not to be afraid to volunteer with health operators". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 22/6/2020)