Maduro agrees on candid and regular dialogue with Episcopate
The Venezuelan president and Pope Francis talked in good terms, said the press office of the Holy See
The Vatican's press office ascertained that the Venezuelan president and the pope "had agreed on the need for a sincere and regular dialogue between the (Venezuelan) Bishops Conference (CEV) and the State for the development of the nation."
During the meeting at the Vatican, the pope and Maduro talked about "the political and social situation of the country upon the death of President Hugo Chávez Frías (...) and current issues, including poverty, the fight against crime and drug trafficking."
Maduro and Pope Francis also referred to the "historical presence of the Catholic Church in the country and its decisive contribution in terms of charity, health assistance, and education."
Finally, the Venezuelan leader and the head of the Catholic Church "examined the situation in the region, particularly the Colombian peace process."
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.