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‘Free our country from the clutches of Communism and socialism,’ Venezuela’s bishops tweet

July 31, 2017

Supporters of socialist strongman President Nicolás Maduro went to the polls on July 30 and approved an assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution.

The opposition party, which holds a majority in the current national assembly, boycotted the vote, and the nation’s bishops denounced it as unconstitutional. The US and UK characterized the election as a sham, and Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, and Mexico said they would not recognize the result.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who served as apostolic nuncio to Venezuela before being named the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said before the vote that the Pope has tried “very hard” to find a “peaceful and democratic” solution to the nation’s crisis.

As the vote was taking place, Venezuela’s episcopal conference tweeted, “Most holy Virgin, Mother of Coromoto, heavenly patroness of Venezuela, free our country from the clutches of Communism and socialism.”

 
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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Aug. 08, 2017 4:27 PM ET USA

    I have little confidence this will wake up the thought process of Francis given his inability to even consider the damaging consequences of fornication and adultery.

  • Posted by: Retired01 - Aug. 03, 2017 11:04 AM ET USA

    Should we expect an article at the Civitta Catolica where the Venezuelan bishops will be accused of promoting hate and division in Venezuela?

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 31, 2017 3:29 PM ET USA

    Glad the bishops of Venezuela said this. The Compendium of Catholic Social Doctrine indicates communism is intrinsically evil. I hope the Pope reads this tweet and wakes up to the ravages that socialism/communism cause over and over again.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 31, 2017 2:25 PM ET USA

    You suppose you could get a majority of US bishops to sign a statement opposing communism and socialism?