Desecrations of Divine Shepherdess images stir polarized Venezuela

June 3, 2011

(President Hugo Chavez attends a Catholic mass in Caracas February 27, 2009/Miraflores Palace)

Honduran Catholic hierarchy opposes Zelaya and Chavez

July 16, 2009

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, 12 April 2005/Alessandro Bianchi Honduras’ powerful Roman Catholic Church has backed the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, surrendering a chance to be an impartial mediator in order to counter the influence of Venezuela’s leftist president, Hugo Chavez.

Chavez takes moral high ground, closes “Bodies Revealed”

March 9, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s closure of the “Bodies Revealed” exhibition of dissected human cadavers and subsequent confiscation of the bodies is perhaps the strongest government reaction yet to the worldwide trend for the traveling art and science shows that have been seen by millions.