BOGOTA (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Roman Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they would tell Pope Francis of the “truly desperate” humanitarian crisis in their country at a meeting they hoped would throw a spotlight on problems caused by political deadlock.
The Argentine pontiff is visiting Colombia and had asked bishops from neighboring Venezuela to meet with him and brief him on the situation. The short meeting took place after the pope’s Mass on Thursday night.
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the archbishop of Caracas, told reporters ahead of the meeting that his country was mired in “a truly desperate situation. There are people who eat garbage and there are people who die because there is no medicine.”
“We want to remind the pope of this again … because the government is doing everything possible to establish a state system, totalitarian and Marxist,” Urosa said. …