“We have always given our concrete collaboration in the field of the welfare of our people in education, health and human development,” the Bishops say.
“Religions have a great contribution to make in the resilience of communities, and pursuing an ideal of a united society,” they add, cautioning against limiting the actions of religious actors for such move “does not favor the search for solutions.”
The Bishops say they will continue to “redouble our efforts to help the destitute and to welcome the displaced, offering them listening and consolation, as well as means of support shared by believers.”
“We would like to be able to offer our children and young people educational paths that open them to the values of tolerance, respect, and friendship, and allow them to see the dream of a better future fulfilled,” the Catholic Church leaders say.
They reiterate their availability to collaborate with relevant authorities “for a social order where selfishness leaves room for solidarity, and to elaborate a project for a country that contemplates every citizen, privileging the most marginalized and disadvantaged.”
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“We urge the national political forces, the organizations present in the country, and the international community to unite their efforts and, putting aside their own interests, to come to the aid of displaced populations, those living under severe food insecurity, exposed to endemic diseases, and without access to basic services,” CEM members say in their April 16 collective statement.
They appeal to “everyone to contribute to peace, protecting the population, closing off the avenues of financing the war, isolating and stopping individuals or groups that take advantage of the tragedy in Cabo Delgado.”
Despite the difficult moments in the Southern African country, the Bishops urge the people of God “not to lose hope.”
“Hope is bold; it knows how to look beyond personal comforts, the small securities and compensations that reduce the horizon, to open up to the great ideals that make life more beautiful and dignified. Let us walk in hope!” CEM members say, making reference to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.
Samuel Antonio and Teodoro Antonio De Abreu in Mozambique contributed to this news report.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.