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Shortage of altar bread, wine for Masses in Venezuela

June 03, 2013

Shortages of wine and hosts made from wheat flour in Venezuela may lead Church officials to ration their use at Mass.

Shortages of widely used items, from milk to sugar to toilet paper, have become widespread in the socialist nation.

“On top of losing hours in order to buy four rolls of [toilet] paper, now we won't even be able to receive Communion as God commands,” a housewife told the Associated Press. "It’s unbelievable."

“We only have enough [wine] for two months,” said Archbishop Roberto Lückert León of Coro. With Venezuela’s sole supplier of altar wine unable to maintain adequate production, priests are now permitted to use more expensive imported wines, the Reuters news agency reported.

“The costs [of imports] would be very high because we don't have access to dollars,” said Archbishop Lückert.


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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jun. 03, 2013 7:29 AM ET USA

    Another achievement for socialism! Sugar shortages in Cuba; wheat, milk and wine shortages in Venezuela . . . They could have saved themselves a lot of grief if they had read what Pope Leo XIII had to say 120 years ago about socialism and communism.