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USA    ARCHBISHOP SAYS HE FORGIVES MAN CHARGED WITH HIS KIDNAPPING
Archbishop Patrick F. Flores of San Antonio, Texas said he forgives Nelson Escolero, the 40-year-old Salvadoran immigrant charged with aggravated kidnapping over last Wednesday's hostage incident involving the archbishop and his secretary, Myrtle Sanchez.
    "I forgive. In this I have no choice," Archbishop Flores told reporters at a press conference on Thursday. "If I want to be forgiven, I have to forgive."
    He said he wanted any sentence given to Escolero to be "proportionate to his ability to rationalise," adding, "I would be for him being treated psychologically here in America. From what I saw yesterday, I saw a very sick man. ... I would really hope to make that intervention before he is taken to court."
   
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3 July 00



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