Bishops from across Latin America have condemned the ongoing violence in Venezuela and called for the Church to find ways to provide charity to the South American country.

Food shortages have left thousands hungry and weeks of large-scale street demonstrations have led to violent clashes with police, leaving nearly 40 people dead.

Auxiliary Bishop Juan Espinoza Jiménez of Morelia, Mexico, secretary general of the Latin America bishops’ council CELAM, said: “We are worried and pained by the deaths, the violence, the lack of the most basic goods, the divisions, the violation of human rights.”

Bishop Espinoza spoke during CELAM’s assembly in San Salvador, which brought together representatives from 21 Latin American countries. The meeting dedicated special attention to Venezuela.

The conference appointed a commission to study the crisis and make recommendations.

It will be led by Archbishop Diego Padrón Sánchez of Cumana, Venezuela, president of the bishops’ conference.

​How to continue reading…

This article appears in the Catholic Herald magazine - to read it in full subscribe to our digital edition from just 30p a week

The Catholic Herald is your essential weekly guide to the Catholic world; latest news, incisive opinion, expert analysis and spiritual reflection