.- In a statement the Archdiocese of Caracas demanded that the government and the Venezuelan military return the Chapel of Jesus of the Divine Mercy, which was taken over by the military to train 8 to 14 year olds for the Armyâs âChildren and Young Peopleâs Reserve Brigades.â
On September 7, an Army reserve soldier entered the chapel at the end of Sunday Mass and demanded that the religious brothers who are its administrators abandon the chapel, which the soldier said âwould be used for the formation and training of the âChildrenâs and Young Peopleâs Reserve Brigades,â made up of children aged 8-14.â
âAccording to the testimony of neighbors, the chapel is being used for activities with underage children until late into the night,â the statement indicated.
The archdiocese expressed outrage over the incident and denounced the occupation of a âsacred place dedicated to religious worship.â
It also demanded respect for âthe rights of children according to current national and international law.â âThe appropriate measures we are demanding will re-establish peace and harmony in the community affected by the acts we are denouncing,â the archdiocese said.