Holy Father on the VI National Congress of Catholic Leadership

“Roots and Wings 2022”

Congreso Nacional Pastoral Hispana
Congreso Nacional de Pastoral Hispana ‘Raíces y Alas’ © Raíces y Alas’

Below the text of the videomessage that the Holy Father Francis sends, on the occasion of the opening, to the participants in the VI National Congress of Catholic Leadership of the Hispanic Ministry, Roots and Wings 2022, promoted by the National Catholic Council for the Hispanic Ministry of United States of America, which takes place in Washington D.C. from 26 to 30 April 2022 on the theme “Prophetic Voices – Being bridges for a new era”:

Text of the Holy Father videomessage

I affectionately greet the participants in the Consejo Nacional Católico para el Ministerio Hispano (National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry) of the United States, which has convened the sixth Congreso Nacional de Liderazgo Católico del Ministerio Hispano, Raíces y Alas 2022 (National Congress of Catholic Leadership in Hispanic Ministry, Roots and Wings 2022) in Washington, on the theme: “Prophetic Voices: Being bridges for a new era”.

The theme, which sounds a bit grand, is important. You have chosen a good theme, in this absurd time in which, without having yet come out of a pandemic that has afflicted all humanity with great suffering and sorrow, we find ourselves in the midst of the suffering and tragedy of a war. Every war is born of injustice, every war, including those that at times we wage in our families and communities, that are fought in silence; they too are born of injustice. It is sad to see that humanity is not capable of thinking with mindsets and plans of peace. We all think with mindsets of war. It is existential cainism.

Brotherhood is for all, and it is made manifest in mindsets that change the life of families, communities,
peoples, nations and the world.

I invite you to reflect on the need to be Christians who transform the structure and who can create bridges in all sectors of society, illuminating thought, so that it may lead to actions that can bring peace and unity at all levels, starting from our families and communities. I need peace, you need peace, the world needs peace, breathing peace is healthy. We need tangible signs of peace. Christians must set the example.

I ask you to be bridges, to create bridges, to pray and work for peace, and not to forget to pray for me.

I wish you all the best, and I give you my apostolic blessing: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.