- May 12, 2021
In a new interview book, the head of the Jesuits acknowledged that he “cries” for what is happening in his home country, Venezuela.
A man revered by millions of Venezuelans as the “doctor of the poor” is one step away from sainthood after being beatified Friday in the South American country’s capital.
Pope Francis says he hopes the beatification of Venezuelan doctor José Gregorio Hernández will be a moment of unity for the troubled country.
With the austerity of a monk, a vocation to seek the good of others and a bright scientific mind, Jose Gregorio Hernández won the affection of those who called him “the doctor of the poor.” He became a religious icon after his death in 1919, and since then millions of Venezuelans have fervently asked that he be universally venerated.
The Vatican No. 2 is skipping a planned trip to Venezuela this week because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, seven religious – two nuns and five priests – were kidnaped in Haiti and their captors are asking for a million dollars in ransom. In Venezuela, the bishops are urging the government to stop delaying the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, and in Ecuador, the bishops are asking the newly elected leadership to “govern wisely, legislate fairly and control with transparency.”
Church groups in Colombia are mobilizing to support thousands of Venezuelan refugees who recently fled a military offensive and are stuck in a remote Colombian border town.
Pope Francis on Sunday praised efforts being made by Colombian authorities to grant temporary protection statute for Venezuelan migrants who fled their homeland’s economic hardships.