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“It is time for trust and unity so that we, as a people, can set ourselves up as a wall of peaceful resistance against those who want to besiege us and make us lose trust in God and in a better destiny, through the intimidating use of power and might.”
High in the Andes, at an altitude of over 10,000 feet, there are nine young men preparing for ordination to the priesthood. They live in the town of Huaraz, in Peru. Huaraz is the seat of the diocese and home to the diocesan seminary; the region’s Catholics are scattered across 5,000 square miles and ministered to by 58 priests.
“You forget about yourself when you see the joyful faces of the people. All that remains is the sincere affection of a humble and simple people. That is something that gives me great strength as a priest.”
“I encourage everyone to always be happy and prepared to spread the message throughout the entire neighborhood that the Lord is here, that there is a truth here. The Lord wants us to be joyful and we have to show everyone our joy in the risen Lord, despite all the difficulties.”
“Of course, we do all we can to help these brothers and sisters of ours, but we are above all a work of evangelization. Jesus healed, preached, blessed and lived among the people, just as we do at the Bethlehem Mission.”
Hooded vandals had dragged out the pews, statues and sacred images into the street, smashing them and setting them on fire. They also sprayed graffiti and abusive slogans on the inside walls of the church as well as on its doors.
The prelature of Chuquibambilla in southern Peru lies high up in the hills, at an altitude of 10,000 to 15,000 feet. It is a region of great poverty, where the people have to contend with poor soil and frequent droughts. Added to this was the 10 years of terror and civil war inflicted by the Maoist guerillas of the so-called “Shining Path,” rebels who during the 1980s left behind deep scars among the people that have still not healed to this day.
Isla di Puná is an island of 350 square miles just off the south coast of Ecuador. It has a population of 7,000 or so …