Latin American bishops appeal for aid for food-short Venezuela
Bishops from across Latin America condemned the ongoing violence in Venezuela and called for the Church to find ways to provide charity to the South American country amid food shortages that have left thousands hungry.
“We are worried and pained by the deaths, the violence, the lack of the most basic goods, the divisions, the violation of human rights,” said Auxiliary Juan Espinoza Jimenez of Morelia, Mexico, secretary general of the Latin America bishops’ council, known by its Spanish acronym, CELAM.
Bishop Espinoza spoke during CELAM’s assembly in San Salvador, which brought together Catholic representatives from 21 Latin American countries plus delegations from the United States and Canada. The meeting, which ended last Friday and was themed A poor church for the poor, dedicated special attention to the situation in Venezuela.
The conference appointed a commission to study the issue and make recommendations. The commission will be headed by Archbishop Diego Padron Sanchez of Cumana, Venezuela, president of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference.
Photo: Demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, sit in front of riot police during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro.Tags: food-shortage, riots, South America, Venezuela, violence