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Meeting between Venezuela’s bishops, government

Catholic World News - July 10, 2013

Four months after the death of Hugo Chávez, at times a strident critic of the Church, representatives of Venezuela’s episcopate met with the nation’s justice minister to seek amnesty for political prisoners.

“The meeting is part of the dialogue that we consider appropriate between the government and the Church,” said Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, president of the episcopal conference. “We addressed the issue of security, recovery of illegal weapons, prisoners and political exiles. We also proposed issues that affect us directly, such as the ability to facilitate the entry into the country of priests, religious and missionaries without too many problems.”

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