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Cardinal-designate urges talks to resolve Venezuela’s political crisis

October 21, 2016

Church leaders both in Rome and in Venezuelan are deeply concerned about the lack of progress toward resolution of an economic and political crisis in the South American country, reports a prelate who has been named by Pope Francis to join the College of Cardinals.

“Never like in this pontificate has there been as much concern—but also understanding—of this country,” said Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo of Merida. He said that Church leaders will work to encourage dialogue between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition. To date, no talks have occurred. “It’s a long torturous, difficult road,” admitted the archbishop; “but you can’t throw in the towel.”

The Venezuelan opposition has insisted on a national vote that could oust the Maduro government. The government says no such vote will be held this year.

 
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