Short on electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion
Buffeted by political and humanitarian crises, one of Latin America's least religious countries is turning to faith. As the political stalemate between President NicolÃ¡s Maduro and opposition leader Juan GuaidÃ³ grinds into another month, and shortages of electricity, food and water reduce life to a daily struggle to survive, leaders across religious traditions are reporting a flood of worshippers, lapsed and new, searching for comfort and answers.
"All my masses are full, which has never happened before," said the Rev. JesÃºs Godoy, a Catholic priest at the Good Shepherd parish in the Chacao district of Caracas. He says he's seeing more than 2,000 people each weekend.
"They beg for help," Godoy said. "They want God to give them the tools to live in crisis."
In this deeply polarized country, analysts are watching for signs that this growing faithful could emerge as a political force....