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Chile’s leading prelate: respect prisoners’ dignity

Catholic World News - December 12, 2011

A year after 81 inmates perished in a prison fire, Chile’s leading prelate called for a greater respect for the dignity of prisoners.

Stating that prisons should “not be a place where human dignity is trampled on and ignored, with no possibility of renewal,” Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago said that “Chile needs to walk with determination towards a culture where those who did wrong will find space for renovation and new ways of life and hope.”

“I pray in the name of the Lord that all the country’s authorities multiply their efforts so that the brother prisoners in the jails of Chile can find not only a place of punishment, but a place of redemption, where one may think that a different future is possible,” he added.

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