Loading
Pope stresses concerns in meeting with Venezuelan president

.- In a day marked by strong words, Pope Benedict XVI met today with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, to whom he expressed his concerns over the Church’s sometimes tenuous situation in that country as well as a number of the leader’s proposed national reforms.

In a statement released today by the Holy See Press Office, director Joaquin Navarro-Valls said that during the course of the meeting, "the president illustrated to the Pope the projects of social change taking place in his country,” while “Benedict XVI then drew to the president's attention certain themes of particular concern to him.”

The Catholic Church in Venezuela, led by Cardinal Rosalio Jose Castillo Lara, has been highly critical of Chavez’s presidency. Last year, he told the Italian press that the president was dividing the country and “since he came to power he has sowed hatred that is bearing evil results.”

During today’s meeting, the Pope stressed “the freedom of the Holy See to appoint bishops, and expressed the hope that the Catholic University of ‘Santa Rosa de Lima’ may always maintain its Catholic identity.”
 
The statement added that "The Holy Father also expressed his concern over an education reform project in which there would seem to be no provision for teaching religion. He further asked that public health programs uphold the fundamental principle of protecting life from its very beginnings. He also underlined the importance of the independence of Catholic media.”
 
In response, the Vatican said that President Chavez “gave assurances of his concern for the Holy Father's requests and expressed his commitment to overcome all forms of tension in full respect for everyone's rights.”
 
At the end of the meeting, Pope Benedict gave a personal letter to the president which summarized what the Vatican called, “his pastoral concerns for the good of the country."
 

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
2

Liturgical Calendar

September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Gospel
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 2:10B-16
Gospel:: Lk 4:31-37

Saint of the Day

Martyrs of September »

Saint
Date
08/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Homily
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: