ERITREA: The Prophetic Voice of the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea
“Where is your Brother?” (Gn. 4:9)
Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Eritrea
Asmara – Eastertide - 25th May, 2014
(Translation from the Original Tigrinya text by the AMECEA)
1. To our “… true child(ren) in the faith …” and to all men and women of good will, “… Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord” (1 Tm. 1:2). In this Easter season when we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death, it is our sincere wish that you re-clothe yourselves in the wisdom and understanding that He has poured out upon us so abundantly (cf. Ep. 5:8-9).
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, our faith is not merely “… the guarantee of the blessings we hope for, or the proof of the existence of realities that are unseen …” but through it “… we know that the ages were created by a word from God …” (Heb. 11:1-3) and in its light we understand the true meaning of the events unfolding in this world. Encouraged by this faith, we now address this present Pastoral letter to you.
2. In these times in which so many men and women, duped by a mistaken understanding of progress, distance themselves even more from the faith, “We always thank God for you all, mentioning you in our prayers continually. We remember before our God and Father how active is the faith, how unsparing is the love, how persevering is the hope which you have from our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Th. 1:3).The Year of Faith that has just ended has helped us “… to illumine our human experience from within, accompanying the men and women of our time on their journey. It clearly showed how faith enriches life in all its dimensions” (Lumen Fidei, 6).
We have had the grace to begin this Year of Faith with great enthusiasm, to live it while reflecting on our own spiritual journey, praying to God and praising the name of the Lord, and undertaking acts of penance. As part of all this we have had the gift of the new Eparchy of Segheneiti, a reward for the great faith of our fathers. For all of these things we raise a joyful hymn of thanksgiving to the Lord.