Obstacles today are huge. Our hope swells when we can work together across most distant locations to put plans into action. The bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean recognize a continent-wide effort is needed in many places:
521. The challenges we face in Latin America and the world today have a peculiar characteristic. They affect not only all our peoples in a similar manner but in order to be confronted they require an overall comprehension and joint action. We believe that “one factor that can make a notable contribution to overcoming the pressing problems today affecting this continent is Latin American integration.”(Santo Domingo Document 206)
522. On the one hand, a global reality is taking shape that makes possible new ways of knowing, learning, and communicating. It places us in daily contact with the diversity of our world and creates possibilities for a closer union and solidarity regionally and worldwide. On the other hand, new kinds of impoverishment, and injustice are being produced. The continent of hope must achieve its integration on foundations of life, love, and peace.
So, many good things beckon. New challenges arise. We can use modern tools to bring people together in faith, hope, and love. Or these tools can be used by the corrupt powers of our modern world.