ARGENTINA: The Church Defies Per

Under a grey late-afternoon sky, some 15,000 hymn-chanting men and women paraded in downtown Buenos Aires last week, following a sound truck manned by priests.

Traditionally, the Holy Thursday procession of Buenos Aires' Roman Catholics marches 13 blocks, from Congress Square to the spacious Plaza de Mayo, but this year the police gave grudging permission to proceed only as far as the Church of Our Lady of Monserrat, five blocks from the Plaza. Abreast of the church, the marchers shuffled to a halt. But some of the younger men, alert as scouts advancing into enemy territory, pushed on to...

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