- Dec 7, 2019
As political tensions mount in several countries throughout Latin America and local crises risk spinning out of control, the bishops in the region are trying desperately to get ahead of the game and calm all parties before things boil over.
With a history of corruption at the highest levels, political woes are nothing new in Peru, however, after a recent congressional meltdown the country’s bishops have urged citizens to avoid escalation and to double-down on anti-corruption efforts.
Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference, was elected to head the Latin American bishops’ council, or CELAM, during a May 15 meeting of bishops from 22 Latin American and Caribbean bishops’ conferences.
The president of Peru’s conference of bishops called for calm after two-time former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died April 17 after shooting himself in the head as authorities prepared to arrest him.
Catholic representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean, defining work for the next four years, looked for ways to build on the foundations of Pope Francis’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si” so it is taken into account by all nations.
Pope Francis will be visiting Peru this month, and the country finds itself in a bit of a controversy with the pardon of the ex-president who was serving a prison sentence for human rights violations and financial crimes.