Argentina Needs Many Tears, Bishop Says

BUENOS AIRES, JAN. 22, 2002 ( At the height of Argentina´s economic and social crisis, Archbishop Carmelo Giaquinta of Resistencia said, “I want to weep for my homeland.”

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“But, as I cannot, I must say it in a loud voice to console myself and not drown in the tears that do not flow,” he added. “I also want to ask others to weep, who might perhaps be ashamed to say so, but who need to do so.”

“I hope there are many Argentines who feel like weeping, the more the better, so great is the shame in which we have submerged our homeland that there is no way of cleansing it without the tears of the many,” the archbishop said.

The pastor has felt this “enormous” need to weep since Dec. 20, when he watched on television the deadly disturbances that erupted in Buenos Aires. The archbishop felt the same way a week ago, when he witnessed a similar violent demonstration in the Central Market.

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