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.

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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.

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