Pastor’s Message

Dear faithful. Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John. 17:21 states “That all may be one.” This is the great goal to which we aspire all the faithful, knowing that unity is possible when each contributes their diversity to achieve those objectives that are common to all. What unites families, groups, organizations, peoples and nations are your goals, your objectives, that is why I invite each of you for unity in the goals, which all aspire to the same, that is a community that evangelized evangelize a community in which all are doing something and not just doing everything. That everyone feels welcome to our Catholic community of Our Lady of Fatima.


En el Documento de la “EVANGELII NUNTIANDI” encontramos:

“63. Las Iglesias particulares profundamente amalgamadas, no sólo con las personas, sino también con las aspiraciones, las riquezas y límites, las maneras de orar, de amar, de considerar la vida y el mundo que distinguen a tal o cual conjunto humano, tienen la función de asimilar lo esencial del mensaje evangélico, de trasvasarlo, sin la menor traición a su verdad esencial, al lenguaje que esos hombres comprenden, y, después de anunciarlo en ese mismo lenguaje.

Dicho trasvase hay que hacerlo con el discernimiento, la seriedad, el respeto y la competencia que exige la materia, en el campo de las expresiones litúrgicas[92], de las catequesis, de la formulación teológica, de las estructuras eclesiales secundarias, de los ministerios. El lenguaje debe entenderse aquí no tanto a nivel semántico o literario cuanto al que podría llamarse antropológico y cultural.

El problema es sin duda delicado. La evangelización pierde mucho de su fuerza y de su eficacia, si no toma en consideración al pueblo concreto al que se dirige, si no utiliza su “lengua”, sus signos y símbolos, si no responde a las cuestiones que plantea, no llega a su vida concreta. Pero, por otra parte, la evangelización corre el riesgo de perder su alma y desvanecerse, si se vacía o desvirtúa su contenido, bajo pretexto de traducirlo; si queriendo adaptar una realidad universal a un espacio local, se sacrifica esta realidad y se destruye la unidad sin la cual no hay universalidad. Ahora bien, solamente una Iglesia que mantenga la conciencia de su universalidad y demuestre que es de hecho universal puede tener un mensaje capaz de ser entendido por encima de los límites regionales, en el mundo entero.

Una legítima atención a las Iglesias particulares no puede menos de enriquecer a la Iglesia. Es indispensable y urgente. Responde a las aspiraciones más profundas de los pueblos y de las comunidades humanas de hallar cada vez más su propia fisonomía.”


In the document of “EVANGELII NUNTIANDI” we find:

“63. The individual Churches, intimately built up not only of people but also of aspirations, of riches and limitations, of ways of praying, of loving, of looking at life and the world, which distinguish this or that human gathering, have the task of assimilating the essence of the Gospel message and of transposing it, without the slightest betrayal of its essential truth, into the language that these particular people understand, then of proclaiming it in this language.

The transposition has to be done with the discernment, seriousness, respect and competence which the matter calls for in the field of liturgical expression,[92] and in the areas of catechesis, theological formulation, secondary ecclesial structures, and ministries. And the word “language” should be understood here less in the semantic or literary sense than in the sense which one may call anthropological and cultural.

The question is undoubtedly a delicate one. Evangelization loses much of its force and effectiveness if it does not take into consideration the actual people to whom it is addresses, if it does not use their language, their signs and symbols, if it does not answer the questions they ask, and if it does not have an impact on their concrete life. But on the other hand, evangelization risks losing its power and disappearing altogether if one empties or adulterates its content under the pretext of translating it; if, in other words, one sacrifices this reality and destroys the unity without which there is no universality, out of a wish to adapt a universal reality to a local situation. Now, only a Church which preserves the awareness of her universality and shows that she is in fact universal is capable of having a message which can be heard by all, regardless of regional frontiers.

Legitimate attention to individual Churches cannot fail to enrich the Church. Such attention is indispensable and urgent. It responds to the very deep aspirations of peoples and human communities to find their own identity ever more clearly.”