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Venezuelan bishops: government actions aggravate economic crisis

December 19, 2016

The Catholic bishops of Venezuela have issued a complaint that emergency actions taken by the government have deepened the country’s economic crisis.

“They have worsened the crisis afflicting our nation and all citizens,” the bishops’ statement said, noting that “the disadvantaged and vulnerable people are those who suffer most.” The bishops called attention to the severe shortages of basic necessities, the long lines of people waiting for bread and milk, and the prevailing uncertainty caused by the hyperinflation of Venezuela’s currency.

The bishops’ document, released on December 17, calls upon the government to recognize the people’s problems and acknowledge that the will of the people should govern a democratic nation. They ask all Catholics to show solidarity with those in need, sharing food and other necessities.

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