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Chile’s Leading Prelate on Week’s Pilgrimage to Israel

Raul Cardinal Silva Henriquez of Santiago, Chile’s leading prelate, arrived yesterday for a week’s visit as a guest of the Foreign Ministry. The Cardinal told newsmen that his visit was a pilgrimage devoted to seeing the Christian holy places for the first time. He will visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Galilee and will be received Wednesday by President Ephraim Katzir.

The Cardinal is known for his liberal views regarding civil liberties in his country. Last October, on Independence Day, he openly demanded that the military junta restore basic human rights, and appealed for mercy for political prisoners in Chile.