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Venezuela’s bishops gather amid rising hunger, violence

July 07, 2016

Venezuela’s bishops prayed for their nation before the exposed Blessed Sacrament on July 7 as they began a six-day meeting.

Venezuela has the world’s highest inflation rate (500%), and the bishops’ meeting comes amid surging hunger, unrest, violence, lynchings, and political tension.

On July 1, a gang attacked five seminarians. In recent days, hundreds of women have illegally crossed the border to Colombia to obtain food, and other South American nations that are members of Mercosur (the Southern Common Market) have tried to prevent Venezuela from assuming its scheduled term of leadership of the regional trade bloc.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 07, 2016 2:55 PM ET USA

    Hugo Chavez's legacy of the fundamental transformation of Venezuela's economy and religion.