.- During the celebration of Boliviaâs independence day on August 6, President Evo Morales snubbed the Catholic Church by skipping the traditional âTe Deumâ prayer and spending the afternoon with various evangelical groups.
After ignoring the traditional Thanksgiving Mass which Bolivian presidents usually attend, Morales delivered a speech calling for unity in the country in Sucre, Boliviaâs official capital.
According to local reports, state-run television âmanipulated the broadcast during the presidentâs speechâ by inserting pre-recorded applauses.
Recently Morales said the Catholic Church was nothing more than an âhistorical nuisanceâ and an âinstitution of the pastâ that must be relegated or suppressed. The statements of the president, who is one of Hugo Chavezâs main allies, have led to increased political and social tensions in Bolivia.