The "clave latina" continues to grow in the U.S.

David Fernández Alonso-October 13, 2020-Reading time: 3 minutes

The Hispanic community of the United States gathered again in the Virtual Workshop of the V Encuentro for Dioceses. The objective is to promote pastoral activity in the face of the current situation, marked by the atypical circumstances of this year.

The Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs of the V National Meeting of Pastoral Hispana-Latina held on October 9 and 10 a virtual event for the Dioceses, as a support for those Dioceses that have not been able to hold their Diocesan Workshops. This event was intended to address some of the issues that have been presented by the pastoral panorama of the Church and society during this year. Among these are the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemicthe call to the racial justice, the economy or the continued impact of the global climate change.

The sixth "milestone" of the Meeting

The objective of the event was primarily aimed at completing the sixth "milestone" of the process of the V Meeting: envisioning the future of Hispanic ministry in the U.S.The V Encuentro will be a great opportunity to: assist dioceses and organizations to identify, create or refine their pastoral responses at the local level; celebrate the fruits of the V Encuentro; and promote mission and the joyful apostolate.

Church leaders in the United States, such as the Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, could be seen and heard on the online broadcasts of the event, Arturo Cepedachairman of the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America; the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); and the Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy See. Christophe PierreThe president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop of Los Angeles, or the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop of Los Angeles, José H. Gómez.

"The landscape has changed, and there is a an urgent need to be even more creative and resourceful. as we adapt our pastoral responses generated by the V Encuentro process to this new reality," said Cepeda.

V Meeting

Nuncio Christophe Pierre, in a video message, addressed current social problems that have affected the current social problems that have affected the Latino community, such as the pandemic, racial tensions and pandemic, racial tensions and social inequality. "The Hispanic-Latino community, in particular recent immigrants, has suffered and has recent immigrants, has suffered and at times been dehumanized by the separation of families and the separation of families and the prolonged incarceration of those seeking a better life," said the a better life," the nuncio affirmed. He went on to say that "the Holy Father calls us to calls us to resist this dehumanizing throwaway cultureespecially by counteracting individualism and remembering that we are remembering that we are connected by our common humanity, our faith and our common home. our common home.

He added that the search for a cure for the coronavirus is undoubtedly a priority. But an equally high priority is the search for a cure for social inequality. Pierre encouraged the leaders present to reject individualism and seek pastoral conversion by working for justice, diversity and solidarity in a spirit of contemplation.

Recovering evangelical energy

José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the USCCB presided over the celebration of the Eucharist from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which was broadcast live for all those attending the event.

Mass Archbishop Jose Gomez
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles during the Eucharistic celebration broadcast for the V Virtual Encounter.

"All of our lives have been turned upside down with the pandemic, but today. we want to recover the evangelical energy that we felt during the V Encounter.The joy of the Gospel that Pope Francis speaks of," said Msgr. Gomez, encouraging to continue sharing the joy of serving and evangelizing that the Encounter generated.

The spirit of Encuentro in the U.S. Hispanic community continues to grow and strengthen. continues to grow and strengthen, manifesting a sign of unity and joy in evangelization. and joy in evangelization.

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