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.
- Venezuelan woman shot dead during latest looting (Reuters)
- Venezuelan women push past border controls for food (BBC)
- How today's crisis in Venezuela was created by Hugo Chávez's 'revolutionary' plan (AP)
- Brazil asks Mercosur chair transfer to Venezuela to be delayed until August (MercoPress)
- Conferencia Episcopal Venezolana (Twitter)
- Seminarians beaten by mob in Venezuela (CWN, 7/4)
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