Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - "Hope is reborn in our hearts at the beginning of the season of Advent", write the Colombian Bishops at the beginning of the message published at the beginning of the liturgical season of Advent which prepares for Christmas. "The year which is ending - they point out – has been a period of lights and shadows: pandemic, reappearance of forms of armed violence, marches, social protest, economic recovery, concrete gestures of solidarity, return to work and classrooms, among the others".
By lighting the first candle of the Advent wreath, we are illuminated "by the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God, which encourages us to strip ourselves of the garment of affliction and to put on the clothes of the feast with the conviction that, through the practice of good politics, that of selfless service and permanent social dialogue, the fruits of peace and justice that each of us Colombians needs will germinate".
The message sent to Fides, signed by Mgr. Luis José Rueda Aparicio, Archbishop of Bogotá and President of the Episcopal Conference; Msgr. Omar Alberto Sánchez Cubillos, OP, Archbishop of Popayán and Vice-President; Luis Manuel Alí Herrera, Auxiliary Bishop of Bogota and Secretary General, stresses that this social dialogue must be "frank and persistent, based on the awareness that we are, as Colombians, one people, in and through our diversities, with a wealth and a natural and cultural heritage".
In this coming new year, the Bishops encourage Colombians to take up the challenges of "a political debate that will allow us to build our democracy, recognizing that we have a social responsibility towards each other", and invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary so that she helps us "to continue building a project for a nation based on the common good". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 26/11/2021)