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."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.