Archbishop calls on Uruguayans to fulfill their civic duty


Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo, Uruguay, reminded citizens who went to the polls yesterday to elect a new president that elections are “a serious commitment to the Lord and to our brothers and sisters” to “collaborate in the building of a social reality that is in greater conformity to the Gospel message.”

The Archbishop warned that “in this normal polarization which is part of every electoral process, we should not forget for an instant that God is our Father and that we are all brothers and sisters journeying through history towards the Kingdom.”

“As brothers and sisters we should be humble in our opinions, especially if they differ” because only thus “can we truly seek out the truth and the greatest good for all,” he said.

In “our Christian communities,” he went on, “this should be an opportunity to grow in faith and in fraternity.  Therefore it is important that we keep an attitude of affirming that which we share more than that which divides us, thus seeking out a consensus whenever possible.”

“The most important thing is not winning, but seeking out the best solution for our country’s problems,” he added.  “What we are deciding is the future of the Uruguayan people, their happiness or unhappiness.”

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