Call for ‘respect’ at Venezuela election3 October 2012
The Church has called on the candidates in Sunday's bitterly fought presidential elections to provide "an example of respect".
The President of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, urged the incumbent Hugo Chavez and his challenger Henrique Capriles "to think about the good of the country". The archbishop stressed the importance of justice, especially for the "most disadvantaged people in society".
During his 14-year tenure, Chavez has had a highly confrontational relationship with the Church. The campaign has been marred by the killing of three workers from Capriles' First Justice Party.
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