- May 10, 2021
Pope Francis says he hopes the beatification of Venezuelan doctor José Gregorio Hernández will be a moment of unity for the troubled country.
The Vatican No. 2 is skipping a planned trip to Venezuela this week because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a video to the priests of Venezuela, encouraging them to work together to overcome the difficulties that “plague so many of our brothers and sisters in Venezuela and throughout the world.”
According to one Venezuelan bishop, the world should be concerned by the growing military presence of Iran in his country.
The Venezuelan bishops’ conference said government plans for congressional elections in December are “immoral” and would only aggravate the South American nation’s political and humanitarian crisis.
On August 11, the Catholic bishops of Venezuela released a statement that cause apprehension among many opponents of the government of Nicolas Maduro, as it seemed to imply that citizens should vote in parliamentary elections in December, despite a call from the opposition to boycott the poll.
Bishop Jose Trinidad Fernandez has seen up close the downward spiral of his native Venezuela. The capital city of Caracas, where he has worked for the last two decades, has in recent years seen tear gas attacks, physical assaults on citizens by government forces, and hungry and malnourished crowds asking for help in streets that once boasted some of the most well-off masses in all of Latin America.
Venzuela’s bishops have called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to “defend” the lives of the Venezuelan people.