Short of Electricity, Food and Water, Venezuelans Return to Religion

For The Washington Post, Arelis R. Hernández and Mariana Zuñiga report that Venezuelans are turning to faith to find comfort and answers in the midst of political and humanitarian crises, triggered by the stalemate between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Hernández and Zuñiga write, “Leaders across Venezuela’s faith traditions — Catholic, evangelical Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Buddhists — say they’ve seen crowds at services jump in recent months.” Pentecostal pastor Carlos Vielma, who leads a congregation in Caracas, said, “We are all living the same thing. We can’t avoid it, but we are encouraging, empowering and comforting them in the process.”

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