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Venezuelan bishop victim of armed robbery

January 30, 2015

A bishop and 50 priests and parishioners were victims of an armed robbery at a parish in Puerto Ordaz, a city of 600,000 in Venezuela.

Three masked men entered the parish auditorium, and Bishop Mariano José Parra Sandoval of Ciudad Guayana was told to lie on the floor. Correo del Caroní, a local newspaper, reported that the bishop’s smartphone and laptop were stolen and that it was the eighth robbery at the parish that month.

“I spoke with the governor to tell him that we cannot continue like this,” said the bishop. “Money is spent on many things, but not on citizen safety.”

 
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