EDITORIAL

The silence of the oppressed

Social networks have been overflowing with images and comments regarding the tragedy in Syria. It is difficult not to be moved by images that present us with such great suffering of the weakest.

According to the theory of needs of the American psychologist Abraham Maslow, men and women are beings who have to satisfy a series of basic needs to survive, not only physical but also social.

 

Gathering with the bishops of Peru, the Pope began his message speaking of the great bishop Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, proposing him as an example of a pastor: "He wanted to go to the other (river) bank in search of those who were faraway and those who were missing. To this end, he had to leave the comforts of the bishopric and travel across the territory entrusted to him, in continuous pastoral visits, trying to reach and stay wherever he was needed (...). Today we would call him a 'street' bishop. A bishop with the soles of his shoes consumed by walking, from encounters to announce the Gospel to everyone, in all places, on all occasions, without delay, without repulsion and without fear."

We are in the first weeks of a new year, which means a blank page wherein to write a new chapter in our lives. With the new year, one makes resolutions and looks at the calendar thinking about commitments to be made and forthcoming holidays to enjoy. Surely none of us would stop for a moment to think about the possibility of not reaching the end of the year...

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