Cardinal Scherer: May Brazil overcome social tensions

Cardinal Scherer: May Brazil overcome social tensions

Reconstruct the divisions in the social fabric at different levels: this is the appeal of the archbishop of São Paulo the day after the announcement of the presidential election results in Brazil. The cardinal speaks of contrasts even within faith communities and of a commitment to reconciliation at the end of the electoral process. He asks those who have won to govern for the good of all, putting the most fragile at the centre, and those who have lost to form a constructive opposition

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“Let’s put an end to the feelings that have tainted the electoral process, dividing families and breaking friendships. After the result of last Sunday’s runoff that brings former president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva to a third term from January 1, 2023, with an advantage of two million votes over outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro”, this is the appeal of theMetropolitan Archbishop of São Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer:

Listen to the interview with Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer

The archbishop of São Paulo calls for a new phase of social conciliation He recalls that it happened – as denounced on the eve of the ballot by Dom Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo, archbishop of Belo Horizonte and president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil – that groups of various denominations have presented the electoral confrontation as a sort of battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’, while doing so prevents any rational and civil confrontation.

The true beacon of Christians is the Gospel

“The true point of reference for Christians – underlines the cardinal – cannot be this or that candidate, this or that party, the market or money, but Jesus Christ, the only teacher and prince of peace. And therefore the cardinal invites examination of everyone’s attitudes, to verify whether, in fact, there is coherence with the Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus, which asks us to commit ourselves to fraternal love, non-violence, tireless service to the poor and the excluded”.

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