The Honduran Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and President of Caritas Internationalis , recently condemned the assassination of his compatriot, the journalist Alfredo Villatoro. In this video the Cardinal returns to the problem of drug trafficking and violence in Honduras. He explains the role the Church and Caritas can play in combating fear so that good and truth may prevail, also considering the issue in a regional context.
El Cardenal hondureño Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Arzobispo de Tegucigalpa, ha condenado el asesinato de un compatriota suyo, el periodista Alfredo Villatoro.
El Cardenal vuelve en ese video sobre la problemática del tráfico de droga y la violencia en Honduras. Nos explica el rol que puede jugar la Iglesia y Caritas en la lucha contra el temor y para que triunfe el bien y la verdad, considerando también la cuestión en un contexto regional.
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Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa has condemned the murder of fellow countryman, the journalist Alfredo Villatoro.
The Honduran broadcast reporter was found executed Tuesday night in the village of Guasculile, north of Tegucigalpa. Villatoro had been abducted near his home by a gang of young men travelling in two vehicles on May 9.
He is the 22nd journalist to be killed in the country since 2010.
Cardinal Rodriguez said, “Alfredo Villatoro was a brave journalist. He was a great professional. He was also my friend. My prayers are with his family and colleagues.
“Alfredo shone a light on the violence and drug trafficking that is strangling Honduras. He is the latest journalist to be murdered for telling the truth about Honduras.
“These murders must end now. A free press is the cornerstone of any democracy. The intimidation and abuse of the media in Honduras must be stopped.” Continue reading
Cardinal Turkson at the opening Mass in Maputo of a special meeting looking at building peace across Africa. Credit Caritas
by Caritas staff in Maputo
There was a palpable spirit of hope and joy in the air as bishops from all over Africa assembled in Maputo, Mozambique, on Sunday to celebrate “A New Pentecost for Africa”, along with representatives from Caritas members and Justice and Peace commissions, Mozambique government leaders and members of the local communities.
The Pentecost Mass, presided over by Cardinal Peter Turkson, was held in the Pavilhao do Maxaquene, a large covered sports stadium in downtown Maputo. For much of the morning, this huge building resounded to the sound of drums and voices, united in an exuberant celebration of the Pentecost, which provides an appropriate symbolic start to the important business that has brought us all to Mozambique.
We have gathered here for a three-day follow-up conference on the implications of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, which kicks off today with a keynote address delivered by Cardinal Turkson.
The conference is being held at the Franciscan Convent in Mumemo, a village about 35 km outside of Maputo, that had to be completely rebuilt following devastating floods some years ago. The convent also houses an orphanage.
Caritas Mozambique has been keen to foster close links with the local communities so people from the surrounding area accompanied us to the Mass in Maputo, which was also attended by Maputo residents. In the afternoon, entertainment was provided by children from the orphanage and members of the local community.
Caritas Honduras joined other non-governmental organizations and the Metropolitan University of Honduras as part of the “Hagamos Democracia” (“We make Democracy”) initiative during recent Presidential elections.
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Declaration regarding the state of emergency in Honduras
“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD” (Matthew 5:9)
1. Driven by faith in Jesus Christ – source of justice, truth, solidarity, peace and life – Caritas Honduras wishes to express its profound concern and dismay regarding the course that events have taken in the country, which is afflicting and increasingly terrorising large sectors of the population. Therefore, we are joining the different voices that have spoken out in this situation, and we hope that together we can build a peaceful, tranquil and free nation.
2. The crisis situation we have been experiencing in the country since before 28 June, when things took a turn for the worse, has intensified to such an extent that the nation’s leaders have taken extreme measures, such as the declaration of a 45-day state of emergency. We consider this to be a disproportionate imposition of force, illegitimate and an obstacle in the path of dialogue, because it offends against the fundamental rights of the person, such as freedom of speech, meeting, association and free movement, which are rights and guarantees contained in articles 69, 72, 78, 81 and 84 of the Constitution of the Republic.