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World Venezuela's Maduro calls Vatican letter a 'compendium of hatred'

05:02  22 july  2021
05:02  22 july  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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CARACAS, July 21 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday called a letter sent by the Vatican ' s foreign minister to local businesses, which urged Caracas politicians to take seriously negotiations to resolve the country' s crisis, a " compendium of hatred ." The letter from the Vatican ' s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was read aloud by a Catholic Church representative on Tuesday evening at the annual assembly of Fedecamaras, the largest business federation in the heavily Roman Catholic South American country.

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday called a letter sent by the Vatican's foreign minister to local businesses, which urged Caracas politicians to take seriously negotiations to resolve the country's crisis, a "compendium of hatred."

Nicolas Maduro wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro © Reuters/Manaure Quintero FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

The letter from the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was read aloud by a Catholic Church representative on Tuesday evening at the annual assembly of Fedecamaras, the largest business federation in the heavily Roman Catholic South American country.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro late Sunday met with opposition leaders of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) umbrella group in a landmark meeting aimed at defusing tensions in the South American nation. "I hereby stress my total commitment to this dialogue process. However, some opposition parties, including the hardline Popular Will party, objected to participating in the Vatican -backed talks, warning that the "conditions are not in place for dialogue." "The government insists on blocking all the peaceful, constitutional and democratic means," said an open letter from

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"When everyone is talking about producing and overcoming the economic crisis, an unknown priest...read a letter from Pietro Parolin, a letter that was a compendium of hatred, of venom," Maduro said in a state television appearance on Wednesday, accusing Parolin of meddling in Venezuela's affairs.


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The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Merida, Venezuela , Feb 7, 2019 / 03:41 pm (ACI Prensa).- The Archbishop of Merida has ruled out Vatican mediation of the Venezuelan crisis after president Nicolas Maduro made public a letter to Pope Francis requesting intervention. “I think the circumstances say no. Maduro ignored this invitation and went ahead with the Constituent Assembly, which has superseded the National Assembly, Venezuela ’ s opposition-controlled legislature. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, was apostolic nuncio to Venezuela from 2009 until his October 2013 appointment to the secretariat.

The Vatican has urged Venezuela ’ s president not to proceed with a controversial new assembly that his critics say would give him unprecedented power. In a statement issued on the day Mr Maduro was set to install the new assembly - a vote for which last week was boycotted by the opposition parties and denounced as “rigged - the Vatican called on “all political actors, and in particular the government, to ensure full Venezuela has been rocked by months of protests against the government of Mr Maduro , who was elected in 2013 following the death of Hugo Chavez, and there have been at least 125 deaths.

Maduro's comments came as Venezuela's government and opposition - which labels Maduro a dictator who rigged his 2018 election and has largely boycotted the past two elections - prepare for negotiations to attempt to establish mutually agreeable electoral conditions.

Parolin's letter said that a solution to Venezuela's crisis would only come "if Venezuelans, and especially those who have some political responsibility, are willing to sit down and negotiate in a serious way about concrete problems and find solutions to Venezuelans' true needs."

Venezuelan Cardinal Baltazar Porras last month said the Church was willing to facilitate dialogue between the two sides.

(Reporting by Mayela Armas; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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