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Echegaray executed in Philippines. (World).

The first execution of a convict in the Philippines in 23 years prompted Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan to note the urgency of a "catechism of life" that would also promote justice and the family.

Admitting the church's failure to block a 1994 law reinstating the death penalty and the Feb. 5 execution of Leo Echegaray, Cruz said, "There is urgent formational and transformational work to be done."

He added, however, that "it is a self-evident truth that a very big majority of Filipinos still value life and act justly, love their families and protect children."

The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines spoke the day after Echegaray, convicted of raping his stepdaughter, was executed by lethal injection in Muntinlupa, south of Manila.

Cruz said that the immediate agenda for the church includes "promoting the sanctity of and respect for life, the right understanding and promotion of justice, and the significance and implications of family life."

Briefs, gathered from news services, correspondents and staff, are compiled and edited by Matt Kantz.
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Date:Feb 19, 1999
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