- May 13, 2021
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.
Pope Francis on Friday advanced the sainthood causes of a handful of figures who, at first glance, might seem relevant only to small pockets within the Catholic Church.
“The agreement is insignificant,” Cardinal Jorge Urosa told Crux over the weekend. “It wasn’t among the two leaders of each side,” referring to Maduro and Guaidó.
Latin America is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Brazil leading in cases and deaths, followed by Peru. The region has reported nearly 1 million cases and some 50,000 deaths, although officials say the real figures are probably higher.