Loading
Costa Rican president says Christ is light that guides nation
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, said last week it was time for Costa Ricans to “leave fear behind” and follow the path to which Christ calls them, with the certainty that Jesus is the “light that guides Costa Rica’s compass” and the Gospel the place where “the millenarian answer to all our questions lies.”

During the closing of the second annual Social Week, President Arias said that in a world in which people are seeking light in order to distinguish between good and evil, mankind “cannot trust that immense scientific and technological changes will automatically resolve the great dilemmas” of the day, when in practice “inequality on a global scale and misery continue to be incompatible with everything that people profess.”

In Costa Rica, he explained, where social inequality grows day by day, it is clear that “human dignity includes very concrete and real things such as: a place to live, food, work, security, good heath, education, transportation, recreation.”  Consequently, the president noted, the “formal promulgation” of rights is not sufficient and their exercise cannot be separated from the material conditions in which people live, because “poverty is not only an embarrassment for the poor person, but also for the person who has more than enough.”

Regarding the Social Week, which ended September 1st and was organized by the Archdiocese of San Jose, the John XXIII Social School and the University of St. Paul, President Arias said it was “a call to discover the true ethic of equality” and “a light in the storm, to find the port of peace and prosperity that our ship is seeking.”

He called on Costa Ricans to “take on this enormous challenge that comes from the Gospel, guided by of love and dignity and armed with courage and the will to be better.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

Related News:

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
23

Liturgical Calendar

November 23, 2014

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 25:31-46

Gospel
Date
11/23/14
11/22/14
11/21/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 11-12, 15-17
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel:: Mt 25: 31-46

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/23/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

Homily
Date
11/21/14
11/20/14
11/19/14