Venezuela Church Shortages

Venezuela Church Shortages

In this May 29, 2013 photo, a priest blesses the wine and bread as he celebrates Mass at a Catholic church in Caracas, Venezuela. Church officials say food shortages and foreign exchange restrictions are causing a lack of ingredients needed to celebrate Mass: altar wine as well as wheat to produce communion wafers. Venezuela has maintained strict currency controls since 2003, creating a black market that now sells dollars at more than triple the official rate of 6.3 bolivars. Falling oil exports and foreign investment have helped dry up the dollar supply. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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May 29, 2013 07:06:47 AM
May 31, 2013 05:47:47 PM
Fernando Llano
AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
MAY 29, 2013 PHOTO
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Roman Catholicism, Christianity, Religion, Social affairs
Caracas, Venezuela
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