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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Church Enters Ecuador Politics

Quito, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Catholic Church appears Friday in the country's political stage against the new constitutional text, which is lamented by the national government.

The country's President Rafael Correa stated the people will have to be the judge of those actions from the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference, which has convened three open-air masses in the Guayaquil city to promote NO in the September 28 consultation.

"Sunday morning masses have never been suspended in the history of this country, nor has the sacred Cristo del Consuelo image ever been taken out of Good Friday… the country will have to judge those actions," Correa stressed.

The statesman said that followers of the initiative are "pathetic specters" interested in reviving the State-Church conflict, which was overcome 100 years ago.

However, the national government guaranteed safety for that activity and discarded countermarches.

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