The Bishop of Apulia, Italy, Fabio Ciollaro, in his message for Holy Week, expressed his concern about the growing phenomenon of drug use. – Choose Easter, not cocaine – he appealed to the inhabitants of those parts.
Bishop Fabio Ciollaro, Bishop of the Diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano, stressed that a choice must be made: “cocaine or Easter”. He urged the faithful of his diocese “not to bury their heads in the sand like an ostrich” but to take a clear stand in the face of recent police operations and a wave of arrests in this part of the region.
“They have shown once again that a large number of inhabitants in these areas have taken the path of evil,” said Bishop Ciollaro. – Among various forms of local criminal activity, drug smuggling is flourishing. This is generally known. However, there is something that we cannot underestimate: traffickers have many customers here on the spot and it’s not just about young people – alarmed the bishop of Puglia.
“Faith, when genuine, is not opium, but an inexhaustible force”
He has seen increasing drug use among adults. “If trade is flourishing in the city, it means there is a lot of demand,” said the dignitary. He emphasized that the local church and educational institutions were trying to help addicts.
– What do you think about adults who use drugs? Do they do it to spend a “cool” evening or do they look to them for support to face commitments and life problems? – He asked. He also warned that these substances “impair or alter our most human faculties, which are intelligence and will.”
– Faith, when it is genuine, is not opium, but it is an inexhaustible force. It is not an illusion to stun us and make us forget our problems, but a source of courage and hope.
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