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Venezuelan bishops ready to de-escalate conflict with Chavez?

Catholic World News - January 12, 2012

The Venezuelan bishops’ conference has elected a new president, Archbishop Diego Rafael Padron Sanchez of Cumana, who is regarded as a friend of the country’s controversial President Hugo Chavez.

The new leadership of the episcopal conference could lead to an easing of the tensions that have long marked relations between the Chavez government and the Catholic hierarchy.

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