- Jan 26, 2021
At the closing of the plenary assembly of the Venezuelan bishops, the prelates released a pastoral exhortation calling for a change in the political leadership and denouncing the “violent repression” by the government of those demanding the respect of human rights.
According to Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa, the preparatory document for the upcoming Vatican summit of bishops on the Amazon region is “flawed, weak” because Christ is misrepresented.
Catholic bishops in Venezuela are raising their voices to defend two of their own who’ve been accused by President Nicolas Maduro of promoting hatred in homilies they delivered on the Feast of the Divine Shepherdess, Jan. 14, urging Venezuelans not to deny or ignore the country’s crisis.
Venezuela’s bishops have called Sunday’s election for a constitutional assembly, which could re-write the constitution but also rule by decree, “illegal,” joining many countries, including the United States, that refuse to acknowledge it. Through their Twitter account, the bishops called on the Virgin Mary to free the country from the “claws of communism and socialism.”