CARACAS, Monday January 14, 2013 | Update

Monsignor López Castillo: All of us should respect the Constitution

During the Eucharist to bid farewell to the Holy Shepherd, Monsignor Antonio José López Castillo, the archbishop of Barquisimeto, the capital city of Lara state, asked Venezuelans "to enforce our Constitution"

The Virgin leaving the Santa Rosa Church (Handout photo: Jesús De La Rosa)
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Monday January 14, 2013  01:57 PM

For the first time in the history of the procession of the Holy Shepherd, priests carried Virgin Mary on their shoulders to the site of the farewell ceremony.

The Eucharist was administered by Monsignor Antonio José López Castillo, the archbishop of Barquisimeto, the capital city of Lara state. "We should observe and enforce our Constitution," he reminded during his speech.

The priest noted the participation in the mass of Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles Radonski, together with Lara state governor Henry Falcón.

The religious ceremony would be followed by the 157th visit of the Holy Shepherd to Barquisimeto. In the meantime, thousand worshippers remained in the town of Santa Rosa, praying and singing religious chants honoring the Virgin.
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Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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