AMERICA/COSTA RICA – The bishops: “The resurrection of Christ opens the horizon of hope: the hope of a better life and country”

AMERICA/COSTA RICA – The bishops: “The resurrection of Christ opens the horizon of hope: the hope of a better life and country”

San José (Agenzia Fides) – “After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, Catholics have once again celebrated the mysteries of faith in churches and in the streets. It fills us with joy and deep gratitude to the Lord because it has allowed us to rekindle our spirit, to meet each other personally and to nourish our common hope,” the Bishops of Costa Rica said in their Easter message. The bishops underlined that “the resurrection of Jesus Christ opens the horizon to hope: the hope of a better life and a better country; we hope that the pandemic will end and that we will be able to overcome a series of problems which, in particular, concern our weakest brothers and sisters”.
The intense celebration of Holy Week in all the communities of the country, the bishops said in the message, must not remain an isolated event, urging them to “continue to manifest our faith wherever we find ourselves, in every situation we live, in every moment and where it is necessary to contribute to improving our society”.
In view of the change of government following the recent elections (see Fides 24/01/2022), the Bishops urge the new government “to ensure the improvement and growth of the country, taking into account the main problems, putting the human being at the center of every decision taken”. They then thanked the outgoing government for its commitment to Costa Rica, “we know the difficult times we have gone through because of the pandemic”, and “asked the blessing of the Lord for President-elect Rodrigo Chaves Robles and for all those who take office in public service from the month of May, so that they can carry out their duties with wisdom, humility and success”.
Finally, the bishops urge us to “announce the Good News of the Resurrection of Christ with our lives and to witness to love and fraternity”. An appeal addressed in particular to Catholics and to all believers in general. “Similarly, we call on all peoples to weave the bonds that will enable us to strengthen our nation in solidarity, integral development, peace and social justice,” the Bishops continued. “We ask for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Angels and Patron Saint of Costa Rica, as we assure our prayers for all the people of Costa Rica,” the message concludes. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 04/21/2022)


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