- Jul 12, 2020
Days ahead of a national referendum called by President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the national constitution, Venezuela’s Catholic bishops have called the exercise “unconstitutional as well as unnecessary, inconvenient and damaging to the Venezuelan people.” They also reminded members of the Venezuelan military that their first obligation is to the country’s people.
In Sierra Leone, a country that has overcome a decade-long civil war and Ebola, Catholic bishops urged the population in a pastoral letter to set aside difference and discord in order to come together for the common good in the upcoming elections in 2018.
Cooperation between the bishops’ conference, the ministry of health and the community helped create a new hospital in Haiti’s Southern coast. The facility provides health care to the area’s population already struggling with poverty and malnutrition.
After the Associated Press obtained a draft memo outlining a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, New Mexico’s Catholic bishops called the idea “a declaration of some form of war.” The White House has denied the memo.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines condemned President Rodrigo Duterte, in a pastoral letter saying that his war on drugs has led to a “reign of terror in many places of the poor.” In response, Duterte invited all those who wish to end drugs to “join” him in Hell.