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 Dear friends

  Those who sign up for this letter, Christians worried about the situation we are living in Catalonia, have believed that it might be a good thing to explain here the way we see the situation, and we see how to look to tackle a way out. Obviously, without any pretense to convince anyone, but only with the desire to publicly make know the various ways of addressing the problem that exists within the Christian community, based on the same faith and the same faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus.

In this period of Lent, a time of personal and community reflection and change, we cannot forget the political and social events that have taken place in Catalunya over the past months.

It is within that context that we, as bishops of the Catalan dioceses, appeal to everyone to strive to re-establish mutual trust in the society which is ours, with its great cultural, political and also religious plurality. Social cohesion, concord, feeling close to one another and respect for the rights of everyone living in Catalunya, these must be among our main goals at this time.

1- Justice and Peace of Catalonia expresses its deep concern about the judicial processes, imprisonments and detention orders that currently affect dozens of Catalan political leaders and the political situation that this produces in our country. As some of our bishops have already expressed, these facts cause great tension and discomfort in our society and hinder fraternal coexistence.

In view of the current social and political situation that is happening in Catalonia, the entities that are part of PAX ROMANA Catalonia want to express:

1. Our concern and total rejection of the violent police actions of October 1, as well as the condemnation of the legal and criminal prosecution of persons and entities due to political ideology; in particular our condemnation to the imprisonment of social leaders, which have occurred in recent days, for these reasons.

2. Our firm commitment to the defense of human rights and basic freedoms such as ideological freedom, expression and political and secret political participation, which must be safeguarded by legality and the rule of law.