'The Catholic community stands in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters during this time of crisis. The senseless murders of these upstanding members of our community bring sorrow to all of us,' the Archdiocese of Santa Fe said in a Sunday statement.
In his homily for the Aug. 11 Mass celebrated in the chancery chapel under house arrest, Bishop Álvarez recalled that Christ taught that one must not harbor resentment but must always forgive and live in hope.
A new law aimed at “the removal of Francoist symbols” could not only result in the removal of the cross at the memorial site — other public crosses in Spain have already been removed — but also force the Benedictine monks, the site’s custodians since 1958, out of the basilica’s adjacent abbey.
In their letter, the bishops called for an end to long sentences for drug offenses and a focus on rehabilitation and treatment of offenders.