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Pope to Meet Venezuelan Bishops to Discuss Crisis

Vatican Spokesman Announces Thursday’s Encounter With Pontiff Was Requested by Presidential Council of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela

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In a private audience on Thursday, June 8, 2017, Pope Francis will receive the Presidential Council of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela.
Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, made this announcement in a statement the evening of Monday, June 5.
“The encounter,» the Vatican spokesman says in the statement, «was requested by the Episcopal Conference itself, which desires to speak to the Pope about the situation in Venezuela.”

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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