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Venezuela bishops call for change in political leadership

At the closing of the plenary assembly of the Venezuelan bishops, the prelates released a pastoral exhortation calling for a change in the political leadership and denouncing the “violent repression” by the government of those demanding the respect of human rights.

“Accompanying and interpreting the sentiment of the majority of Venezuelans,” the bishops’ message reads, “we once again insist that the country needs a radical change in political leadership, which requires sufficient integrity, rationality, and love from the government for the country to stop this sea of suffering of the Venezuelan people.”

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro took over from Hugo Rafael Chávez when he died in 2013, and he and his United Socialist Party (PSUV) have often been at odds with the bishops over the deteriorating state of the country.

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