Pope Francis arrives this Sunday to Ecuador, and his visit has become a new element of dispute, a tool in favor of the position of each protagonist of the political tension.
The Episcopal Conference expressed concern in a panel conversation in Quito, “the Holy Father does not come to our country to consecrate an ideology,” the official spokesman of the Episcopal Conference, David de la Torre, said.
“We have not talked about a truce. But a call for dialogue because the truce means that, after the event, we return to the same,” said De la Torre. An idea reinforced by Danilo Echeverría, Auxiliary Bishop of Quito, who called for “a society in which everyone has a word to say.”
This same message he shared by the mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, who assured keeping the call for dialogue as a prelude of a visit “that should serve to unite the Ecuadorians.”
Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, said Tuesday he is considering to not asist to the outdoor mass to be held in the Bicentenario Park, to avoid the boos and shouts that could give a bad image to the country.
Spokesman of the Guayaquil Curia César Piechestein, without citing the Government´s propaganda, made clear his rejection: “It’s not the first time the figure of the Pope is used for their convenience and his message is decontextualized,” Piechestein said through his Twitter account. And added: “Surely, this will not be the last time.”
The Ministry of Communication, consulted by this media, assumed that the questioning was directed to the Municipality of Guayaquil and its Francis welcoming campaign.
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