Catholics close 7 Venezuelan churches after explosion
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Seven Roman Catholic churches in the
capital were closed Tuesday in protest after a small bomb explosion in a
downtown church last week injured a woman and explosives were found in
two other places of worship.
In a statement, Caracas Archbishop Cardinal Ignacio Velasco said the move
to protest a "flagrant aggression, not only against Catholic hierarchy but against
the entire Catholic community." The decision to close the churches is
unprecedented in deeply Catholic Venezuela, where explosions are rare.
The churches would reopen August 4, the statement said.
Police have yet to arrest anyone for the explosion, which injured a 25-year-old
bank worker and destroyed a confessional in the colonial San Francisco church.
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