Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, May 10, 2021 / 19:19 pm
A relic of Blessed José Gregorio Hernández Cisneros, known as the doctor of the poor, is being brought to hospitals and clinics in Ciudad Bolívar to bring hope to the sick and healthcare personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Archdiocese of Ciudad Bolívar announced that the blessed’s relic will be brought to healthcare facilities and other institutions in the archdiocese May 6-14.
The archdiocese said the purpose of the tour is "to bring to the faithful and devotees the fragment of the bodily remains of the Venezuelan doctor who was an example of charity, service, and professionalism”, as well as "to encourage patients, healthcare personnel, and family members in the midst of the tribulations of being sick, especially during these times of pandemic.”
On May 6, the relic of Blessed José Gregorio made the rounds of the Ruíz y Páez University Hospital Complex, the Tórax Hospital, and the School of Medicine of the University of the East.
The archdiocese said that the relic will be brought to the local government hospital, the Virgen del Valle Oncology Unit, the Vista Hermosa detention center, and other places.
After May 14, there will be a second stage tour of the relic, which will be brought to every parish in the archdiocese through Nov. 20.
The relic will then return to Ciudad Bolivar Nov. 21 to be installed in a soon-to-be-announced church where it will be reserved for veneration and pilgrimages.
Blessed José Gregorio Hernández was born Oct. 26, 1864, in Isnotú in the Venezuelan state of Trujillo. He lost his mother when he was eight years old.