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Puerto Rican bishops call all voters to be discerning in 8th November election

Puerto Rico’s Catholic bishops have called on their fellow Catholics, ‘our brothers and sisters’ from other creeds and ‘all people of goodwill’ to ‘assume discernment’ in facing the general election on 8th November.

The bishops made the comments on 6th October in a 10-page statement about the election in light of the island’s current economic conditions and its ‘new sociopolitical reality’.

The document, titled Puerto Rico: A Time for Faith and Hope, was issued by the Puerto Rican bishops’ conference and uses church teachings as a voters guide. It was signed by the leaders of the island’s archdiocese and five dioceses.

‘The whole structure of the political and economic model in which our development has been based for the past decades has lost it legitimacy and efficiency,’ wrote the bishops.

Picture: Puerto Rico resident Hector Alvarez casts his ballot during the U.S. territory’s Democratic primary election at the Luis Llorens Torres Elementary School in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday 5th June 2016. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti).