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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

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.”

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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