SVD BISHOP WINS PRESIDENTIAL RACE April 21, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Politics, SVD.
Tags: Paraguay, President Fernando Lugo
Dubbed as ”Bishop of the Poor”, Fernando Lugo made history as the first Roman Catholic bishop elected president of a country. Lugo, ended more than six decades of one-party rule in Paraguay with a mandate to help the nation’s poor and indigenous. According to wikipedia.org, Lugo was ordained a priest of the Society of the Divine Word on August 15, 1977 and was ordained Bishop of San Pedro, Paraguay on April 17, 1994. Following his presidential aspirations, Lugo resigned as ordinary of the Diocese of San Pedro on January 11, 2005. He had requested laicization in order to run for office. However, the Holy See instead suspended him from exercising ordained ministry, but did not dismiss him from the clerical state. In his speech, he said, “I invite Paraguayans of all political types, even the ones who don’t share our ideals, to help this country that was once great be great again. This is the Paraguay that I dream of — of many colors, many faces.”