Sunday, 11 June 2017

Crux: Venezuela cardinal says Socialist regime leaves people ‘cruelly repressed’

Crux: Venezuela cardinal says Socialist regime leaves people ‘cruelly repressed’


ROME - One of Venezuela’s cardinals promised to give Pope Francis “a very direct, crude, realistic view of the situation we are going through” in a meeting with the pontiff today, saying the country’s socialist government has left its people “cruelly repressed.”

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, the country’s capital, spoke to Crux in advance of a special meeting of the leadership of Venezuela’s bishops’ conference with Francis. The Argentine pontiff has been an outspoken supporter of dialogue to end the crisis, and the Vatican’s position on the matter is clear: Elections need to happen.

“The situation is very, very grave,” Urosa told Crux on Tuesday afternoon.

“What we see is a people who are suffering, who are being humiliated, and who are being cruelly repressed,” he said. Some 70 people have been killed since massive protests began last April, and thousands have been wounded.

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