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El Salvador archbishop laments rampant violence, warns of ‘collapse of society’

Catholic World News - February 09, 2010

El Salvador’s leading prelate warned that the rampant violence afflicting his Central American nation “threatens to overwhelm society.” In January, an average of 13 people were murdered every day.

“The escalation of violence has no limits: just as good is infinite because it comes from God, so evil can be without limits,” said Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador said on February 7. “One thing is clear to everyone: the situation of violence is extremely serious and threatens the collapse of society, so we must respond promptly and effectively.”

80% of the nation’s 7.1 million residents are Catholic.

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