Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi of Piura celebrated Mass on Sunday to mark the 189th anniversary of Peru’s independence. The prelate urged the faithful to overcome their selfishness and remarked that Peru needs “virtuous men and women” who “seek the truth, the good and live in love.”
The archbishop made his statements on July 25 at the Basilica of Piura in celebration of the country’s Independence Day on July 28.
He noted that the conflicts, protests and complaints coming from some in the country are result of “losing sight of Peru as a whole.” “We all form part of Peru, whether we live on the coast, in the mountains or in the rainforest. While there are many ways to be a Peruvian, there is only one Peru and we are all indebted to her and we must work for her greatness,” he said.
The archbishop encouraged Peruvians to overcome their selfishness and particular local or partisan differences. He said country needs the formation of “virtuous men and women at all levels of society who are not involved in shady activities or evil behavior, but rather who seek the truth, the good and live in love.”
He then called for the upcoming elections to take place in a climate of respect and civility, noting the importance of defending the unborn.