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Venezuelan Catholics face backlash for opposing government

After speaking against alleged government misconduct, human rights abuses and delay of free elections, Catholic churches and clergy around Venezuela are facing a wave of protests from pro-government supporters. A string of incidents began on the morning of Jan. 29, as supporters of the current government interrupted a Mass at San Pedro Claver Church in






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Socialist militants storm Mass in Venezuela

Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpit Militant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting






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Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit, the emergence of François Fillon in France or Donald Trump’s presidency. With that in mind, we offer this guide to 10 topics that are likely






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Venezuela opposition scrap protest march in response to Vatican diplomacy

The opposition alliance also tentatively welcomed the release of four jailed activists and agreed to delay a symbolic trial of President Maduro Venezuela’s opposition warily welcomed on Tuesday the government’s release of four jailed activists, agreeing to delay a symbolic trial in Congress to void President Nicolas Maduro’s authority and to scrap a protest march






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As Venezuela’s referendum is suspended, new cardinal calls for dialogue

There must be dialogue between Venezuela’s government and the opposition, the country’s newly named cardinal said yesterday. Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Merida, who has long been critical of the socialist government, has begun talks with both sides in an attempt to bring them together to help solve Venezuela’s economic crisis. The opposition had requested the






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