Page 5, 28th February 2003

28th February 2003
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Page 5, 28th February 2003 — Campaign to clean up politics

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Locations: Asuncion


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Campaign to clean up politics

PARAGUAY'S leading bishop has called on the faithful to follow his campaign urging political leaders to raise moral standards.

Archbishop Pastor Cuqejo of Asuncion announced that he would ask priests to provide parishioners with a short set of instructions on how to apply Catholic criteria to their vidtes in elections for the legislature and presidency, which will be held on April 29.

He told reporters; "Voting responsibly is one of the first acts of social justice, because our social order will depend much upon our future political leaders. Unfortunately, Catholics are too frequently accustomed to voting out of merely personal sympathies, or following a family political tradition, instead of considering more relevant aspects. "

According to the prelate, the Responsible Catholic Voter campaign will continue to provide advice, Sunday after Sunday, helping Catholics to "choose according to the political programmes, moral principle, and personal integrity of candidates".

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