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Latin American bishops discuss evangelization, denounce violence, corruption

Catholic World News - December 06, 2010

Making clear that all of their dioceses are “in a permanent state of mission,” the presidents of the episcopal conferences of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, met recently in Caracas to discuss the continental mission launched in Brazil in 2007 and to address the pastoral care of migrants and refugees.

The bishops lamented the “spread of violence and disregard for human life manifested in the rise in crime, the proliferation of murders, kidnappings, and acts of terrorism” and listed drug trafficking and corruption among “the worst scourges suffered by our peoples.”

“We call on all authorities and institutions to undertake a determined effort to combat these evils,” they added. “Given this reality, we renew our faith in Jesus Christ, the fullness of life, and call upon our communities … to radiate life in Christ.”

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