RCI St. Lucia
posted on February 26, 2014 12:02
Pope Francis says he is concerned about recent unrest in Venezuela, in which at least 13 people have died.
Speaking at the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope said he hoped that 'violence and hostility will cease as soon as possible.' He called on the Venezuelan people to promote reconciliation through mutual forgiveness ans sincere dialogue.
His appeal came after more than two weeks on anti-government protests, some of which have ended in violent clashes.
The Pope met Mr. Maduro last year in the Vatican just two months after the Venezuelan leader was elected.
President Maduro has called a national conference for peace for Wednesday to end the protests, but opposition leaders have already announced that they will not attend the meeting.