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Venezuelan bishops: Nation moving away from God

Catholic World News - January 27, 2010

In a recent statement, the bishops of Venezuela lamented the growing secularism, corruption, and undermining of democracy in the South American nation. “Our country is experiencing a social, political, and economic situation that suggests a moving away from God,” they write. “We are very concerned about the actions and statements of government representatives which undermine the democratic spirit.”

“To our people we say: we must maintain the civic spirit of patriotism which is also shown in denouncing injustices,” they continue. “We remind all of the due respect for human dignity and the promotion of rights and duties.”

The Church in Venezuela has suffered persecution under the regime of Hugo Chávez, who has served as president since 1999. 87.5% of the nation’s 27.5 million people are Catholic.

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  • Posted by: Pilate - Jan. 27, 2010 10:20 PM ET USA

    Ifwe have problems, the first place to look is in the mirror

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 27, 2010 8:42 AM ET USA

    I hope a Venezuelan form of Solidarity rises up to throw off the Chavez tyranny.

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