Page 6, 11th February 1977

11th February 1977
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Page 6, 11th February 1977 — Spanish bishops' appeal
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Spanish bishops' appeal

SPAIN'S Catholic bishops have appealed to the government to declare an amnesty for all political prisoners and have condemned recent outbreaks of political violence.

A statement issued after a meeting of the board of the Bishops Conference said that the government must "wipe out all that remains of past political conflict by granting the widest and most generous pardon possible for all those convicted of political offences."

In a condemnation of violence the bishops appealed to Spaniards to "follow calmly the road of brotherly co-existence and create a new social system ruled by justice and freedom, mutual understanding and peace."

Right-wing groups such as the "Warriors of Christ the King" and the "Anti-Communist Apostolic Alliance" were condemned by the bishops, who said that they "lament and vigorously condemn the behaviour of those who, invoking the name of Christ or using terms linked to Christianity, adopt violent attitudes."




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