Saturday, April 10, 1999 Published at 05:38 GMT 06:38 UK
Chile mourns Cardinal Henriquez
Crowds turned out to see the former archbishop's motorcade
The former archbishop of Santiago failed to recover from a bout of pneumonia complicated by a kidney disorder, in the rest home of the Salesian monastic order in Chile.
He was 91.
He was visited by hundreds of people over his last days, including politicians from the left and the right, military commanders, and many ordinary Chileans.
Chile's President Eduardo Frei said Cardinal Henriquez's death represented "a deep pain for the entire nation."
Raul Silva Henriquez headed the Roman Catholic Church in Chile when General Pinochet ousted the elected socialist President Salvador Allende in a coup d'etat in September 1973.
The cardinal became the main defender of those persecuted under the regime, creating the Chilean Committee of Co-operation for Peace in October 1973, which was swiftly suppressed by the military government.
Cardinal Henriquez responded by forming the Solidarity Vicarage, which became a refuge for victims of repression under military rule.
"The cardinal was a very brave man who always said what had to be said even when he was receiving death threats," said Miguel Ortega, a priest who was close to the late cardinal.
The cardinal received frequent death threats during the 17 years of General Pinochet's rule.
Church and state
Cardinal Henriquez' criticism of militant leftists and rightists made him one of the leading Roman Catholic church figures in Latin America during the late 20th century.
But he resigned because of differences with Pope John Paul II.
Cardinal Henriquez later became one of Chile's most forceful advocates of dialogue and reconciliation after years of chaotic marxist-led government and repressive military rule.