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Peruvian bishops: ‘The fight against corruption is a national need’

Catholic World News - May 18, 2010

Amid mounting reports of government corruption, the bishops of Peru are “invite[ing] the public to practice ethics and to recover ancestral values that should govern the fate of all institutions of the country.”

“The illegal use of state resources and use of public authority to benefit those who exercise authority, rather than serving the people, damages the nation as a whole, but especially the poorest,” the bishops said in a statement.

“The fight against corruption is a national need,” they continued. “To eliminate it, what is needed, along with the strong will of the authorities, is the generous cooperation of all Peruvians, supported by a strong moral conscience which should never be lost-- for the good of all-- especially for the sake of the most in need.”

88% of the nation’s 28.6 million people are Catholic.

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