A delegation representing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has meet with Vatican officials as the Holy See weighs a request from socialist President Nicholas Maduro to intervene in the country's political crisis.
The Vatican said Monday that officials from the Secretariat of State expressed Pope Francis' proximity to all Venezuelans who are suffering.
Spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said "the grave concern was underlined that a just and peaceful solution be urgently sought to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights and seeking the good of all of the inhabitants of the country and avoiding bloodshed."
The Vatican didn't say who participated.
Maduro has asked the Vatican to help launch talks. Francis has said both sides must request external mediation.
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