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Friday, February 17, 2017

Venezuela Catholic Church Feels Backlash After Chiding Socialists


On a recent Sunday morning, several hundred Catholic worshipers were at Mass inside a hillside church of a poor Caracas neighborhood when there was a sudden commotion at the back. About 20 people barged in, mainly men with some wearing red shirts, to shout insults at the clergy like "Satan in a cassock!" and "Fascist!" witnesses said. They also used the ruling Socialists' rallying cry, "Chavez lives!" in honor of late President Hugo Chavez. "Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt," recounted Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher at the San Pedro Claver church in the "23 De Enero" community, long an area of militant support for Venezuela's 18-year socialist government. More…

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