Cardinal urges Venezuelan president to improve relations
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) --Cardinal Ignacio Antonio Velasco warned that
President Hugo Chavez risks losing the public's faith if he does not improve
relations with the Roman Catholic Church, the media and the business community.
"Everyone knows popular enthusiasm for the president's project is declining.
Expectations still exist. The government has time to change completely,"
Velasco said in an
interview published Sunday in Caracas daily El Universal.
He urged the government to reach out to the Church, the media, business
leaders, unions and large landowners -- groups Chavez has accused of belonging
to an "oligarchy"
that has failed to make Venezuela's vast oil wealth work for the poor since democracy was restored in 1958.
His comments came after Interior Minister Luis Miquilena said the Church
must "assume the consequences" of getting involved in Venezuelan politics.
responding to Monsignor Jose Luis Azuaje's warning that Venezuelans could tire of Chavez's aggressive language.
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