(BREITBART) — Some of the Latin American music industry’s biggest names criticized the Vatican this week for its lukewarm stance on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging Pope Francis, himself South American, to support the majority of the country against dictator Nicolás Maduro’s violent socialist regime.

Pope Francis has repeatedly issued statements expressing concern for Venezuelans generally. In January, while visiting Panama, a Vatican spokesman issued a statement on the inauguration of interim President Juan Guaidó with no indication of whether the Vatican, a sovereign state, would recognize Guaidó’s legitimacy or continue conducting diplomacy through dictator Maduro.

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