Venezuelan cardinal blames government for occupation of chancery
Cardinal Urosa Sabino
Cardinal Urosa Sabino

.- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, blamed the government of Venezuela for the lack of security and negligence that allowed a group of Chavez activists to occupy the archdiocesan chancery for more than three hours on Wednesday.

“This escalation of violence must cease, and that falls to the government.  Everyone must collaborate to bring about peace, harmony and unity.  Differences need to be resolved through dialogue and democracy,” the cardinal told the TV network Globovision, which the activists demanded be shut down.

The group of activists were led by Lina Ron, a well-known Chavez supporter.

Cardinal Urosa lamented that his phone calls to government officials protesting the occupation went unanswered, and he demanded “respect for the Church.”  He said the events of Wednesday were linked to verbal attacks on the Church recently made by some officials over the bishops’ call for greater amnesty and for authentic respect for democratic practices.

“It’s not a coincidence that the other day high-level government officials verbally attacked the Church and me and today this happens,” the cardinal said.

On Mondaym Interior Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin criticized the Apostolic Nuncio for giving asylum to Richard Nixon Moreno, a college-aged opposition leader branded a “fugitive of justice” by the government.

Cardinal Urosa warned, “The government is losing control of things,” and he called for “cordiality and serenity.”

During their takeover, the group of activists read a statement denouncing an alleged complicity between the private media, oligarchic sectors and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church to provoke the fall of President Hugo Chavez.

Lina Ron warned that this complicity made these entities “the target of revolutionary groups,” although she did not specify what actions would be taken against them.

The occupation of the chancery coincided with the celebration by Chavez supporters of the anniversary of a popular uprising on February 27, 1989 against the government of then-president Carlos Andres Perez.

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


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

Homily of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: