Corruption Eating Away at Latin America, Honduran Cardinal Says

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2001 ( Corruption has become the cancer of Latin America, a Honduran cardinal says.

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Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, told Vatican Radio that «sadly, corruption has become a culture that superimposes itself on ethical and moral values.»

The cardinal made these statements during a recent visit to Panama, to attend a conference on job tenure and labor productivity, organized by the national government. Vatican Radio broadcast his comments Thursday.

In his address, the Honduran cardinal stressed that the primary way to attack the evil of corruption, which he described as «a specter of many hues» found throughout society, is «education in the home.»

During the conference he advocated the integration of the Central American region, pointing out that the integration of countries is one of the positive aspects of globalization.

«If we do not achieve integration, we will not triumph as a region,» the cardinal said.

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