AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Letter to President Maduro from the Bishops gathered in Assembly

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 episcopal conferences   social situation   hunger   violence  

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) – In order to resolve the serious food and drug crisis, and the insecurity that is causing innumerable victims throughout the country, it is urgent: "To recognize the autonomy of all public powers and work with them , in particular with the National Assembly and the General Prosecutor of the Republic; withdraw the convocation of a constituent National Assembly; take into consideration and support the agreements made in the first round of dialogue with the opposition". These are the three demands of the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference contained in the letter addressed to President Nicolas Maduro during the 108th Plenary Assembly of the Episcopate held in Caracas from 7 to 12 July (see Fides 07/07/2017).
The work agenda of the Assembly, the letter highlights, "occupies a relevant place in the study of the serious situation that shakes the foundations of the country. We have the purpose of bringing light and indicating ways of solution, such as Pastors who walk with the people to whom they belong, accompanying and consoling, in particular, the poorest and most afflicted".
After quoting some expressions of solidarity addressed by Pope Francis, who follows with attention and concern the serious situation in Venezuela, the Bishops conclude by pointing out to President Maduro "their willingness to be at the service of encounter and reconciliation among all Venezuelans". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 11/07/2017)