Managua (Agenzia Fides) - The common message of the Pastors of the Church addressed to the people of Nicaragua, expressed during the celebration of the octave of Christmas, appeared very clear: "to live together the great challenge of accompanying Nicaraguan society in the process of general elections for 2021". Each Bishop formulated it in a personal way, as a wish for this Christmas and for the new year.
Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua, in a video sent to Fides and broadcast on social media, announced: "We have prepared a work program based on Pope Francis' Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, in order to apply it to the different situations of the country, in order to live this 2021 as a year without violence".
"We do not know precisely what 2021 will have in store for us, but we want to avoid any kind of violence", reaffirmed the Cardinal. He therefore recalled once again that the Catholic Church believes that "the solution to the socio-political crisis into which the country has fallen will come only through dialogue".
For his part, Mgr.Rolando José Alvarez, Bishop of the diocese of Matagalpa, during the celebration of the feast of the Holy Family, Sunday 27 December, insisted on the concept that Nicaragua must face 2021 as a big family: perhaps with members who they think differently, but always with mutual respect, "because when differences are recognized with respect then real progress can be developed, true progress can be promoted, and Nicaraguans have to face great challenges and difficulties".
"Within the family are taught the domestic virtues: dialogue, non-violence, peace and justice. Thus in the large Nicaraguan family, it is possible to live in respect, in peace and we can succeed in educating ourselves in freedom, in the equitable distribution of wealth, sustainable human development, always with God's help", said Mgr. Alvarez.
Mgr.José Silvio Baez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, while celebrating Mass in Saint Agatha Church, in Miami (USA), where he is now, spoke of the persecution and violence suffered by the family of Nazareth because of Herod. "The Holy Family was threatened by the governor, who then had the children of Bethlehem killed. Jesus was born into a normal family, with economic problems, forced to flee and emigrate. Here we can see the resemblances with the families of migrants", stressed the Bishop.
"The family - he said again - should always be a space of affection, of love, in order to be able to live relationships of faith, of respect, so that in the future it is possible to create other families who welcome Jesus Christ, bearer of the love of God, and help mature Christians grow up, capable of committing themselves to others because they are their brothers and sisters". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/12/2020)