.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Paraguay is thanking priests for their efforts at evangelizing the country and inviting them to embark upon the path to holiness in order to build up the Kingdom of God.
During a Mass initiating a novena to the countryâs patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, the bishops read a pastoral letter to priests, thanking them for their âgenerous serviceâ in the priestly life despite the problems they face. âWe know that together we can overcome the great difficulties that come before us,â they said.
The bishops also pointed to the challenges of the priestly life that the entire Church in Paraguay must face, such as âpoverty,â âthe lack of economic support by the faithfulâ and âthe lack of organization in ensuring a more dignified priestly life.â
In their letter the bishops also highlighted the âspiritual richesâ of the Paraguayan people, whose enthusiasm should âawaken a new dynamismâ in the work of evangelization. âIn the cause of the Kingdom, there is no time to look back, much less to become absorbed by laziness. There is much that awaits us and therefore we must embark upon the path of our own sanctification and pastoral renewal,â they added.
The bishops concluded their letter assuring priests, âYou have been very present in our thoughts and we have prayed for you, as we will continue praying with you.â