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Venezuelan Govt says Church 'misappropriated' funds
    Reports from Venezuela say the Attorney General's office has launched an investigation into the bank accounts of the president of the country's Roman Catholic Bishop's Conference.
    The president of the conference, the bishop of Merida, Baltazar Porras, was accused last month of corruption by the governor of Merida state.
    He said the bishop and the management of a hospital in Merida some 700 kilometres south-west of the capital Caracas had misappropriated government funds for the hospital.
    Venezuela's bishops have strongly rejected the accusations against Bishop Porras.
    The Bishop himself has said they are part of an official campaign to discredit the Catholic Church in Venezuela.