Lome, 26 June, 2021 / 4:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, encouraged the faithful in the West African nation to “remain hopeful” amid suffering characterized with difficulty, on the part of ordinary citizens, “to meet their basic needs.”
In the statement issued Friday, June 18 following their 127th Ordinary Plenary Session, members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) say, “As a result of poverty, our people are suffering, many citizens find it very difficult to meet their basic needs.”
“We invite you to remain hopeful in the face of these challenges and to commit yourselves more to a process of effective conversion of hearts, with a view to transforming social realities,” Catholic Bishops in Togo say.
The Catholic Church leaders acknowledge efforts made to support citizens and urge “every citizen, especially those who govern us, to redouble their efforts to combat the misery aggravated by the Coronavirus pandemic, the high cost of living, corruption and fraud, and to guarantee the security, freedom and fundamental rights of fellow citizens.”
“It is important to look carefully at the situations that concern citizens in order to provide appropriate solutions,” they say in their collective statement signed by CET Secretary General, Fr. Émile Segbedji.