Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Jul 6, 2021 / 19:01 pm
The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra said in his homily on Sunday that the high rate of domestic violence and the murder of women in Bolivia must be addressed with public policies that respect "the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person."
According to the Bolivian Attorney General’s Office, from Jan. 1 through June 15, 56 women and 14 infants were murdered.
"It’s an alarming statistic that we should make us think and all of us, citizens and institutions, especially at the various levels of the state, should make a commitment so that these crimes, which are also very serious sins in the eyes of God, come to an end," Archbishop Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina said.
"In addition to demanding that the justice system act with the full weight of the law, it’s necessary to implement public prevention policies, including in the educational system, so that from childhood one learns to reject any macho and violent attitudes and to respect the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person.”