February 21, 2012.
) Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga
is from Honduras. During the recent consistory in Rome, he took time to talk about the tragic prison
fire that killed over 350 people in the city of Comayagua.
“Unfortunately it was something that could be somewhat foreseen. All prisons in Latin America have very old facilities that make them very dangerous. There are many, many prisoners held there, well beyond the prison's capacity,” said cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras).
The cardinal called on the international community to take action, so that the infrastructure of prisons in Latin America are improved. Card. Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga
Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras)“I hope that this tragedy, in a way can help demonstrate that's it's a human issue and a very urgent problem. I hope we can have the support of the international community so that rehabilitation centers and prisons are not death traps.”
The archbishop of Tegucigalpa said that the Catholics of Honduras are doing their part by helping victim's families
, so they can cope with this tragedy. Card. Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga
Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras)“Naturally, it's an issue the Dioceses of Comayagua undertook since the tragedy struck. We've also had a lot of sympathy from other episcopal conferences. The first step is to improve those irreparable wounds, but really faith is the only way we can help them get through it.”
Pope Benedict XVI
sent a telegram
to the Bishop of Comayagua to offer his condolences. In it, the Pope calls for prayers for those who died or were injured and also support for their families.