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Bolivian cardinal denounces lynchings, gang violence

Catholic World News - May 30, 2012

Following the lynching of a police officer who was the victim of mistaken identity, Bolivia’s leading prelate decried vigilantism and gang violence.

“It is really scary to know when someone is lynched, as if it were a significant fact that every community can take the law into their own hands, it is horrible to take the life of another person and what is worse, if one says that it was a mistake,” said Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval of Santa Cruz.

“It is painful to see how gangs increase, a phenomenon that should have been faced by those who have a responsibility towards society,” he added. “But rather than counting the number of gangs, what should concern us is that these groups are children, boys and girls aged between 11 and 12 years.”

The South American nation of 10.3 million is 83% Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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