Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cuban Catholic Bishops Express Solidarity with Venezuela

Cuban Catholic Bishops Express Solidarity with Venezuela

14ymedio, Havana, 30 May 2017—Cuba's Catholic bishops are not "on the
fringes of the suffering and uncertainty experienced by Venezuelans,"
according to a letter released this week signed by Dionisio García
Ibáñez, archbishop of Santiago de Cuba and president of the Conference
of Catholic Bishops of Cuba .

The letter, addressed to the Venezuelan episcopate, refers to the
"difficult moments" that the South American country has experienced
since the beginning of protests almost two months ago in favor of and
against the Government which have degenerated into acts of violence and
left a 59 dead.

"We send them our prayer of solidarity," adds the bishops' statement and
calls for "the paths of forgiveness, constructive and sincere dialogue
as well as the yearnings for truth, justice and a commitment to
constitutional legality to lead to a stable and true peace."

The missive extends "firm support" to the Venezuelan Church in "the
wishes expressed in its repeated interventions in favor of peace and

Recently, during the opening of the XLIII Special Plenary Assembly held
in Caracas between May 16 and 18, the president of the Venezuelan
Episcopal Conference, Diego Padrón Sánchez, drew attention to the
"picture of barbarism and violence" installed in the country that has
returned to "an anti-culture of death."

The priest said that the "state of affairs" that has led "the current
ruling political system is reasonably unjustifiable, ethically
illegitimate and morally intolerable."

Source: Cuban Catholic Bishops Express Solidarity with Venezuela –
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