Friday, October 27, 2006

Thief sentenced to mass

Ercilla: A judge in Chile has sentenced a teenage thief to go to mass every day for a year. Claudio Araneda, 18, from Ercilla, must also paint his local church white and keep it clean.

Judge Ricardo Traipe passed the unusual sentence after hearing Araneda had stolen four empty gas containers from the church and sold them.

Local priest Edgardo Solar had asked the judge not to send Araneda to prison.

The priest told Terra Noticias Populares: "It is a way to make sure he is not going to forget Jesus. The church is here to help people overcome their sins."

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