- May 30, 2020
The Archbishop Emeritus of Caracas expressed his hope Tuesday that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro would step down from office, heeding the pope’s call for peace in the country.
Bishops across Latin America delivered politically-charged Christmas messages, with a prelate from El Salvador urging President Donald Trump to protect Salvadoran migrants in the United States and a cardinal in Venezuela calling for an end to the country’s crisis.
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, of Caracas, Venezuela, was in Rome last Friday to update Pope Francis on the deteriorating situation in his country. Speaking with Crux, he said that despite several signs proving things are getting worse, he sees hope in the upcoming regional elections, which he believes will make reality “even more evident”: The government of President Nicolas Maduro doesn’t have the people’s support.
After Venezuela’s Catholic bishops had a brief session with Pope Francis on Thursday, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said that while the pope’s role is important, the heavy lifting of exiting the country’s political and economic crisis must be done by the Venezuelans themselves: “We are the ones called to resolve the problems of Venezuela, it’s not the Holy Father who’s going to fix the situation.”
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said a foreign military intervention in Venezuela would not solve the real problem, which is a “social, political and economic crisis we suffer that is becoming more serious.” He made the comments after President Trump suggested there is a military option for resolving the problems in Venezuela.
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.”