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Bolivian bishops issue message to nation’s Catholics

CWN - May 12, 2011

The bishops of Bolivia have released an Easter message to the nation’s Catholics following their 91st general assembly, which took place from May 5 to May 10.

The commemoration of Holy Week “encourages and commits us to intensify our work of evangelization,” the bishops said as they urged Catholics to “continue working for a Church [that is] dynamic and missionary and a country [that is] more egalitarian, prosperous, and just.” Rejoicing in the beatification of Pope John Paul II, who left “indelible memories of missionary zeal,“ the bishops called upon all the baptized to be in a constant “state of mission” and “not limit their evangelizing to some specific activities.” The bishops also called upon youth to prepare for the August celebration of World Youth Day with prayer so that they can become “missionary disciples.”

The prelates then

83% of the nation’s 10.0 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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