Loading
Venezuelan bishops encourage voting ‘without fear’
Venezuelan bishops encourage voting ‘without fear’

.- The leadership of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference issued a statement on Friday in anticipation of the Feb. 15 vote on a constitutional amendment to approve indefinite reelection for the president.  The bishops encouraged Catholics to vote “without fear” and with “a conscience for the country,” calling on election officials to guarantee transparency in the vote.
 
The statement was read on 11:00am Friday in Maracaibo by Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, president of the Conference.  The bishops noted that on Sunday “all Venezuelans have been called to a new electoral event. As pastors of the Church we exhort all Christians and men and women of good will to take this referendum very seriously and assume the task that has been assigned to them with responsibility.”
 
“Let us overcome apathy and indifference and let us all get out and vote. Let us vote without fear. Let us vote with a conscience for the country. Each vote is fundamental for building democracy in Venezuela,” the bishops said.
 
The bishops also exhorted election officials to “facilitate for voters the fulfillment of this duty as well as the exercise of their right to express their sovereign will without stumbling blocks, restrictions or manipulation.”
 
“Each voting place, each voting booth should be a school of democratic transparency,” the bishops said, asking that all citizens accept the official results “democratically and courageously.”

“Let us avoid violence and disorder which endanger peace and peaceful coexistence among citizens. If there are complaints or protests to be made, let them be done through the international channels,” the bishops urged.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

3D Church mapping
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Jul
30

Liturgical Calendar

July 30, 2014

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:44-46

Gospel
Date
07/30/14
07/29/14
07/28/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 15: 10, 16-21
Gospel:: Mt 13: 44-46

Saint of the Day

St. Peter Chrysologus »

Saint
Date
07/29/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:44-46

Homily
Date
07/30/14
07/29/14
07/28/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: