- Apr 17, 2021
Pope Francis’s latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on the theme of human fraternity and a call for the world to be better after the COVID-19, was released on Sunday, and one of his ghostwriters urged Argentines not to take it personal and to read the pope in full.
Although the government of Nicolas Maduro is trying to project the theme of “reconciliation” ahead of Venezuela’s parliamentary elections set for December, forces aligned to him are continuing to cause havoc; in particular targeting charitable efforts aimed at helping the poor.
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.
Church leaders sent a strong message of support to an unprecedented virtual assembly of more than 3,000 indigenous leaders, small farmers, environmental campaigners and women from the nine countries of the Amazon region seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Father Numa Molina said Venezuelans trying to go back home are being sent by the government of Colombia to spread the COVID-19 coronavirus in Venezuela, a claim echoed by President Nicolas Maduro and his allies.
Venezuela’s bishops have said that public services are “often non-existent;” political action is “divorced from the common good;” insecurity and helplessness continue to grow; family life is broken by the fact that most cannot meet basic needs; an inflationary and dollarized economy hurts “almost the entire population;” and that education is paralyzed.
Rada set up her nonprofit, the Radaber Foundation, in 2018 as thousands of Venezuelans left their crisis-wracked nation and headed to neighboring countries like Colombia in search for work.