In a report by facebook news, a top Vatican official has canceled his planned visit to Venezuela as the problem of food shortages and rolling blackouts continue in the Socialist country. The Tablet reports the news comes as Pope Francis has continued to monitor the issues in Venezuela that have come about after a number of natural problems and government mismanagement have combined to create shortages of all much needed supplies.
According to insider Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa, the Vatican announced matters had been taken out of its hands and resulted in Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who holds the position of Holy See Messenger, would no longer be attending the episcopal ordination of Bishop Francisco Escalante. Archbishop Gallagher had planned to spend five days in Venezuela to attend the ordination of Bishop Escalante and act as an ambassador of the Holy See during his visit. The nation of Venezuela has been in crisis since a severe drought lowered water levels in its hydro electric dams to critical levels; the same extremes of hot weather have also affected crops and food produiction and has resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency in the country.