In leaked letter to 'Mr. Maduro,' Pope Francis reiterates call for peace

Catholic News Agency | 2/13/2019 | Staff
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Vatican City, Feb 13, 2019 / 11:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has sent a letter to Nicolas Maduro responding to a recent invitation to mediate in the Venezuelan political crisis, according to an Italian newspaper.

On Feb. 13, the Milan daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera published a report saying that the pope had written to Maduro reiterating his desire for the avoidance of violence in the country.

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According to the article, the pope wrote on Feb. 7 that previous peace efforts in Venezuela were “interrupted because what had been agreed in the meetings was not followed by concrete gestures to implement the agreements.”

“The Holy See clearly indicated what were the conditions for dialogue to be possible” in December 2016 in “a series of requests,” it went on to say.

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The Holy See did not comment on the letter, citing the private nature of the correspondence.

The Corriere della Sera report only quoted fragments of the alleged letter, including Francis’ reiteration of his desire to “avoiding any form of bloodshed” and his concern for “the suffering of the noble Venezuelan people, which seems to have no end.”

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The newspaper noted, however, that Pope Francis addressed Maduro as “señor,” rather than “president.”

Two men currently claim to be the legitimate president of Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

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After winning a contested election in which opposition candidates were barred from running or imprisoned, wide-spread protests followed Maduro's Jan. 10 inauguration,

Juan Guaido declared himself as interim president on Jan. 23. Since then, numerous governments across the world, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as the legitimate interim leader of the country, though Maduro remains in effective power supported by the military.

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Maduro’s leadership of Venezuela during his previous term was marred by violence and social upheaval, with...
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