In an unprecedented move, Cardinal Ignacio Velasco, archbishop of Caracas, ordered the closure of seven churches from today through Friday.
In a statement published Tuesday, the cardinal said the cathedral and six other churches in the city center would close as a sign of “reparation and rejection” of what he called a “destructive protest.”
Last week, a low-impact explosive was set off inside the Church of St. Francis, near the Congress building. A young woman was injured.
In recent days, two explosive devices were found in the Caracas cathedral and the Church of the Holy Chapel.