In La Paz, video surveillance footage showed an unidentified person placing an explosive device around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 24 outside the doors of the Bolivian bishops’ conference’s offices.
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In his reflection, the archbishop questioned: “If the reason the authorities adduce is that the young mother's life was in danger, why was this procedure performed in a second-level hospital, instead of in a third-category hospital with a good neonatal ward?"
The vandalism occurred after the Church was falsely accused of intervening to prevent a pregnant 11 year old rape victim from procuring a legal abortion.
South of the US border, nations have struggled to cope with the consequences of the pandemic.
According to the Bolivian Attorney General’s Office, from Jan. 1 through June 15, 56 women and 14 infants were murdered.
The bishops demanded “the immediate release of those arrested” in order to uphold “internationally recognized fundamental rights.”
'Personally, I am happy that these accusations should come out at this time, in order to definitively close the case,' the cardinal-elect said.
NEWS ANALYSIS: But the Holy Father made it clear during last week’s trip that he will bring a challenging moral and economic message to the U.S. this fall.
The Holy Father explained his words were a call for prayer ‘that the Lord would purify us from the crises’ among families, such as are described in the working document for the Oct. 4-25 synod.
‘You do not convince people with arguments, strategies or tactics,’ the Holy Father said on July 12. ‘You convince them by learning how to welcome them.’