Venezuela’s Catholic Church Predicts Civil War if Dialogue Fails

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 16, 2016, 10:05 am
The Catholic Church spoke out against Venezuela in Rome recently. (El Estímulo)

EspañolVenezuela’s Catholic Church predicts civil war if the dialogue between President Nicolás Maduro’s administration and the country’s political opposition doesn’t come to fruition.

Venezuelan Episcopal Conference Spokesman Pedro Pablo Aguilar responded to a question in Rome regarding whether he thought the country was heading toward a civil war, to which he responded, “if the dialogue doesn’t move forward, it’s possible.”

Aguilar traveled to Rome with Venezuelan Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, who is set to be made a Cardinal by Pope Francis November 19.

In his statements, Aguilar was emphatic about his position against Nicolas Maduro and his aggressive behavior that has come to define his presidency.

Aguilar said there has been 18 years of hate speech, and lamented the fact that if you aren’t in favor of Maduro’s government, then you are its enemy.

“I’m not saying that the political actors of the opposition haven’t been violent” he said. “But the current government has proven it’s ready, because they have military and weapons.”

He said he was saddened that the residents of Venezuela are becoming “increasingly poor” and confirmed that the country is in a situation of humanitarian crisis.

Nearly two children die each day from malnutrition, he said, and every week at least 200 other people are killed while the country struggles for medicine and food.


Aguilar was asked about the role played by former President of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in creating dialogues between the two sides. Maduro reportedly sees him as a friend to the government, and tips the scales in their favor.

Finally, Aguilar celebrated that Pope Francis has decided to make Porras Cardozo a cardinal at the end of the month, recognizing the naming as an “endorsement of the Venezuelan Church.”

Source: El Nacional

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Leading Kirchnerist Blames President Macri for Argentineans’ Loss of Libido

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Nov 16, 2016, 8:01 am
Former presidential candidate for the left Daniel Scioli said Macri's government is "a setback in every sense" (La Nueva)

EspañolFormer Peronista presidential candidate and former Governor of Buenos Aires Daniel Scioli has come out claiming that Argentineans' loss of libido, reflected in the fall in condom sales, is a direct result of ... the economic crisis. You read that correctly. Scioli went on C5N to talk about the 15-percent drop in condom sales in the country, which condom company Tulip said is connected to low purchasing power and lack of prevention, but which Scioli attributed to "demotivation." Read more: Kirchner Dealt Blow to Argentinean Air Force by Ruining at Least 100 Aircraft "When people are depressed," he tried to explain, "they are more vulnerable. Their state of health generates a demotivation in every sense." So, Scioli, are people having less sex? The sudden experts said, "possibly." "The economic crisis is much more than just the economy," he said. "It has to do with the self-esteem of the person and with the dignity of work that, when lost, can generate intra-family problems. Like the gender violence we are seeing. It's not a minor issue." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Read more: Former President Kirchner and Son Charged with Unjust Enrichment After seemingly working out this theory live on TV, the presidential candidate criticized the measures taken by Mauricio Macri's administration, noting that "no (economic) adjustment was necessary" after Cristina Kirchner left office. "The government of Cambiemos means a setback in every way," Scioli said. Scioli said former President Cristina Kirchner "is concerned about the current dynamics of social problems" happening in Argentina. Controversy has followed Scioli in recent months, most notably related to alleged corruption during his various times in office, and for allegedly having a fraudulent university degree. He is also under investigation for alleged irregularities detected in subsidies that his government handed out in Buenos Aires, and for his questionable electoral campaign expenses. Source: La Nación, Clarín.

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