“Puerto Rico has been demolished but not completely destroyed”, reports Monsignor Roberto O. González Nieves, OFM, Metropolitan Archbishop of San Juan de Puerto Rico, and President of the Episcopal Conference of Puerto Rico (CEP) to Agenzia Fides.
PUBLISHED ONDec 2017
In a Pastoral Letter sent to Fides, Msgr. Nieves expressed all the pain “in seeing so much suffering in the human faces of our people”, as well as showing the Church’s solidarity with the Mexican population hit by the earthquake.
“The wound that unites us is a cause of unity and rebirth”, stated the Archbishop. “It is a wound that we share with all the peoples of the Caribbean and the United States affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Katrina and Maria.”
In his appeal for the rebirth and reconstruction of the country, the Archbishop explained that “rebirth requires a commitment with our land: we are its administrators and not its plunderers. Our homes, schools, temples, streets and properties are seriously damaged, even the churches of our brothers and sisters in the ecumenical community, the synagogues of our Jewish brothers, as well as the mosques of the Muslims living in Puerto Rico. Let us not allow our courage to vanish, giving space to selfishness and violence. Only being united will give us force.”