Loading
Nicaraguan bishops call for non-violent end to border dispute with Costa Rica

.- A border dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica is causing the Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua to speak out in favor of resolving the dispute by diplomatic means, instead of resorting to violence.
 
The conflict began on October 21 when Costa Rica lodged a protest against Nicaragua over the crossing of the San Juan River by Nicaraguan forces and their incursion onto Calero Island, a place that is claimed by both countries.
 
At the conclusion of their annual meeting on Nov. 17, the bishops issued a statement voicing support for “Nicaragua’s absolute sovereignty over the San Juan River, which is indisputable and non-negotiable.” They also called for dialogue to resolve the conflict, echoing a plea made by the bishops of Costa Rica.
 
At the same time, they urged government officials and all Nicaraguans not to allow the dispute to distract from the serious issues the country faces. “The serious social and economic problems, the unresolved institutional crisis and the challenge of an upcoming election season demand our full attention and responsibility,” they said.
 
The bishops said their statements about the country’s situation do not amount to meddling in political and social affairs, but rather constitute a “service in the formation of consciences.”
 
They also declared 2011 to be a “Year of Prayer for Nicaragua,” saying, “the complexity of the country’s situation and the rapid pace of change in politics make this a crucial time for prayer.”


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

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: