AMERICA/PANAMA – The Catholic Church agrees to mediate in the crisis the country is going through

AMERICA/PANAMA – The Catholic Church agrees to mediate in the crisis the country is going through

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Panama (Agenzia Fides) – “The Catholic Church accepts the call for mediation in the situation in the country”: this was communicated by the Archbishop of Panama, Msgr. José Domingo Ulloa, in a message video. According to information from Agenzia Fides, Panama has been paralyzed for 8 days by a strike which, after being called by teachers, has spread to other sectors of society, especially students and indigenous people. The reason for the protest is the exorbitant increase in the prices of basic necessities, such as medicine, electricity and, above all, fuel. The price increases set by the government were necessary to curb inflation. Protests have included marches and demonstrations, which in some cases have led to clashes with police.
The Archbishop stresses that, given the call made by the executive “to act as a bridge to find a way out – inclusive and participatory – of the situation in the country”, the Church “accepts the invitation to be mediators in building the necessary consensus for peaceful coexistence”. Monsignor Ulloa asked “all those who are called to this dialogue to give us the opportunity to take the appropriate decisions for the common good”.
“The people deserve honesty, consistency and respect from all, without rigid positions or preconditions that prevent dialogue,” he stressed, saying he will count on the contribution of mediation experts that the Church has in the Caritas Social Pastoral and Santa María la Antigua Catholic University. “We entrust to Santa María la Antigua, the good Mother and patroness of Panama, this dialogue so that it is not a discussion or a debate of ideas, but rather a vehicle for the search for the common good”, he said. he said in conclusion.
At the end of their first plenary assembly of the year, held from January 10 to 14, the Panamanian bishops had highlighted the problems of society: division, polarization, misinformation, injustice, corruption, drug trafficking, violence… For For this reason, they asked the institutions to regain the trust of the population by putting the person and the common good at the center, through a process of renewal that involves all realities (see Fides, 17/1/2022).
Just a few days ago (see Fides 7/11/2022), at the end of their second Assembly, the Bishops once again underlined their concern for the social situation. Respecting the right to social protest, they asserted, “we must all work towards a better country, especially now that we are emerging from the Covid 19 pandemic” which has left tears and pain , as well as economic and educational. consequences for young people. In addition, they called on the national government, social organizations, all men and women of good will “so that together we seek solutions appropriate to the historical moment in which we live as a people”, to build a country ” guided by just principles, equitable and sustainable human development for all its citizens”. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 14/07/2022)


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