Ignacio Antonio Velasco García, S.D.B. (January 17, 1929, Acarigua,
Venezuela – July 6, 2003) was a cardinal and the Archbishop of
Caracas. He received that post on 27 May 1995, and held it until his
death. He was known for his criticisms of Venezuelan President Hugo
Chávez. During the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt, Cardinal
Velasco was the first of 400 signatories to sign the Carmona Decree.
After Velasco's death, Chávez drew fire for his controversial
statement that the Cardinal was "burning in hell".
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José Lebrún Moratinos
Archbishop of Caracas
27 May 1995 – 6 July 2003