AMERICA/COLOMBIA – Indignation and sadness for the destruction of two statues of the Virgin Mary
Montelibano (Agenzia Fid, the desecration of images of the Blessed Virgin, knocking them off their pedestal and totally destroying them”. This was declared by Bishop Farly Yovany Gil Betancur, bishop of the Colombian diocese of Montelíbano, condemning the acts of vandalism against the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the neighborhood of La Lucha and at the entrance to the municipality of Montelíbano, sub-region of Alto San Jorge cordobés. In his press release, the bishop complains that “these acts of religious intolerance, which threaten freedom of worship, have been repeated on several occasions. These acts deeply wound the faith of the Catholic Christian people of the Montélibanaise community”.
Furthermore, he stresses that “religious freedom aims for the good of all, when there is respect for difference and when the various manifestations of faith are tolerated; we all have the right to have our own beliefs and to express according to our own traditions and customs”. The diocese has lodged a complaint with the competent authorities, asking for an investigation into these facts “which demonstrate a flagrant attitude towards religious intolerance”. Finally, the bishop prays to God for “the conversion of those who have committed this sacrilegious act” and urges the faithful of the diocese “to unite in prayer for those who generate violence by their acts of religious fanaticism, so that they change their mentality”. , and so that such acts are not repeated, which hurt the religious feelings of a people rooted in the faith”. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 17/12/2021)