Explosive Devices Prompt Closing of Churches in Caracas

CARACAS, Venezuela, AUG. 1, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Archdiocese of Caracas has temporarily closed seven churches in the capital because of explosive devices found in the vicinity of some of them.

Share this Entry

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.

Share this Entry


Support ZENIT

If you liked this article, support ZENIT now with a donation