.- Bishop Hector Vargas Bastidas of Arica, Chile, said this weekend that if the situation in Bolivia worsens, âthe Catholic Church in Chile is ready to take in an eventual normal migration of Bolivian citizens.â
âLet us trust in the wisdom of the Bolivian people and their authorities that greater harm will be avoided,â Bishop Vargas said, adding that âfaced with a situation that could worsen, as a society we must show a maximum willingness to take in refugees.â
âThis is part of basic ethics,â he said, âalthough I hope the situation doesnât become extreme.â
The bishop said he was very concerned with âwhat is happening in Bolivia, a country with so much riches and natural beauty, with so much to give, and such a noble people.â
Bishop Vargas said he was confident in the efforts of the Church in Bolivia to offer mediation in the crisis, and he called for prayers for the Church, that âit might have the minimum guarantees to carry out its work of peace and reconciliation.â âI hope Bolivians can find quickly find solutions that will allow them to develop a plan that will lead towards full democracy, reconciliation in society and progress, because they are causing themselves very serious harm,â the bishop maintained.
âTo go in the opposite direction is what the Bolivian people need least, especially the poor,â he said. âWe should pray for them.â