Rosalio José Cardinal Castillo Lara, S.D.B. † Rosalio José Cardinal Castillo Lara, S.D.B. †
Function:
President Emeritus of Vatican City State, Roman Curia
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Nostra Signora di Coromoto in S. Giovanni di Dio
Birthdate:
Sept 04, 1922
Country:
Venezuela
Elevated:
May 25, 1985
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English Rebel Cardinal's sermon mobilizes opposition to march on January 22
Jan 21, 2006
Retired Venezuelan Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara has spurred Venezuela's opposition into movement with a hastily convened meeting of traditional parties and radical groups.

(vheadline.com, January 17, 2006) It would appear that the radical sector once again has forced its political will on the weakened traditional parties.

Both Accion Democratica (AD) and the Christian Socialists (COPEI) have endorsed Castillo Lara's controversial sermon last Saturday that has also divided the country's bishops.

The result of the opposition meeting is a call to supporters to join a march on Sunday, January 22 for fair elections and freedom of political prisoners.

January 23 is an important day in Venezuelan history because it marked the downfall of Dictator General Marcos Perez Jimenez.

   The march will start at 10.00 a.m. from Parque Cristal and end with a rally in front of the CANTV building.

Alianza Bravo Pueblo leader, Antonio Ledezma, who seems to have presided the meeting, has called Cardinal Castillo Lara's sermon the " voice of God and the People."

Most of the leaders present at the opposition gathering highlighted the significance of the date chosen for the march but some were careful in their description of the government preferring to use the terms "personalist and militarist" rather that " dictatorial."
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