Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 23, 2013 / 16:10 pm
An elderly priest in Venezuela has said that he is willing to forgive the men who violently attacked him at the entrance to his parish in an attempt to steal his watch.
"They should be forgiven," Father Marcos Antonio Rovayo Cardenas told local reporters, citing Pope John Paul II.
"If there is no forgiveness, justice will not be done," the priest explained. "Peace is attained first with charity, with justice, and therefore forgiveness is an essential element of love for neighbor."
Three individuals have been identified by Venezuelan officials as suspects in the Jan. 15 attack.