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Guantanamo: US Catholics on third day of vigil

US Catholics on third day of vigil

Fast outside of US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay as Pope Benedict XV condemns human rights abuses


On Sunday, the "Witness Against Torture" group makes their way down the final stretch of road before arriving at the Cuban Military checkpoint. The last day or walking completed the 107 km journey from Santiago to the Cuban Militarized Zone outside of the Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base. Photo by Scott Langley

“Torture is a humiliation of the human person, whoever he is.
The Church does not admit it.”
-Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Justice and Peace department

Guantánamo, Cuba - A group of 21 US Christians are on their third day of a fast and prayer vigil outside of the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay as Pope Benedict makes a strong statement against human rights abuses. "The truth of peace must also let its beneficial light shine even amid the tragedy of war," said the Pope, “not everything automatically becomes permissible between hostile parties once war has regrettably commenced.”

The group awaits permission from US authorities to enter the base and visit the detainees. Thus far, attempts made by the group to communicate with the US Naval Base have been spurned by authorities there. The White House, on the other hand, claims that President Bush has no authority to grant access, proving meaningless Bush’s open invitation for those concerned about human rights abuses at Guantánamo to visit the base (June 20, 2005).

This morning the Christians ascended a mountain overlooking the base and held a two-hour prayer vigil.

Three members of the group, Jackie Allen, Anna Brown and Patricia Santoro returned to the United States Tuesday night and are available for interviews.

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