- Feb 24, 2021
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.
As opposition marches were held across Venezuela Wednesday, at least 700 opposition supporters were trapped in Maturin’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for several hours, besieged by the Venezuelan Army.
The bishops of Venezuela have voiced support for peaceful opposition demonstrations across the country Wednesday. At one of these marches in Caracas, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president.
Although the pope sent an envoy to the inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to a second term, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Vatican is breaking with the local bishops’ criticism.
Pope Francis is close to the Venezuelan people, bishops from the South American country say after papal audience.
As the plight of Venezuelans worsens, and neighboring countries crack down on those trying to flee, Catholic leaders in the region are calling for solidarity and aid.