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Venezuela’s bishops call on Chávez regime to respect constitution

Catholic World News - January 08, 2013

Venezuela’s episcopal conference declared that the nation’s constitution must be followed after the nation’s vice president said that the January 10 inauguration of Hugo Chávez to a new term in office could be postponed indefinitely.

Chávez is in Cuba recovering from surgery.

“At stake is the good of the country and the defense of ethics,” the bishops stated. “To alter the constitution to attain a political objective is morally unacceptable.”

“The government has not told the people the whole truth [about Chávez’s health], which it has the full right to receive with certitude,” the bishops added; “it has only communicated, with evident difficulty, its political truth.”

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