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Millions of people gathered in the streets of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela, to accompany the Divine Shepherdess in a Jan. 14, 2024, procession.

Divine Shepherdess procession in Venezuela draws 2.7 million

Jan 16, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

More than 2.7 million people gathered in the city of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela, on Jan. 14 to accompany... Read more

Coromoto 2020 seeks to empower teachers from the most needy communities in Venezuela.

Catholics work to improve precarious state of public education in Venezuela

Nov 29, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

The Venezuelan organization of Catholic faithful “Coromoto 2020” provides scholarships to teachers from public and parochial schools in Carayaca. Read more

School children pay tribute to those killed in a Nov. 6, 2023, fire that left 14 migrants dead in a settlement in the Cerro Obligado neighborhood of the town of Coronel, Chile.

Chilean archbishop expresses pain, shame over fire that killed 14 migrants

Nov 10, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The tragedy occurred Nov. 6 in a house built with pallet wood and tin roofing in a camp where families... Read more

Children participate in the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign in the Archdiocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, on Oct. 18, 2023.

‘One Million Children Praying the Rosary’ surpasses 1 million participants for first time

Nov 2, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

The children's rosary initiative began in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2005. Read more

Archbishop Ulises Gutiérrez of Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela and second vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference.

Archbishop: Primary elections in Venezuela an opportunity ‘toward radical change’

Oct 25, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

Archbishop Ulises Gutiérrez said the primary elections on Sunday “were an opportunity to show the world ... there is a... Read more

Luis Vildoso participates in a meeting of young people of the Araure project, in Venezuela (2023).

What it’s like for the Church in Venezuela, a country in social and economic crisis

May 11, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

An aid worker who recently visited the central and western areas of the country said he “found a very lively... Read more

Venezuelan migrants receive food while waiting for information to enter Peru in Arica, at the Chile-Peru border, on May 4, 2023.

Bishop on Venezuelan migrant crisis: ‘Serious thing’ to sacrifice people for failed system

May 10, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Bishop Marco Antonio Cortez Lara called it a shame when governments “get lost in these tangles of ideologies and sacrifice... Read more

Daisy Sandoval in the Darién Gap.

Venezuelan migrant thanks God, recounts journey through dangerous jungle to U.S.

Apr 29, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Daisy Sandoval is a 25-year-old single mother who left Venezuela in February in search of the “American dream.” Read more

A Pray for Venezuela banner at Campo Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama City, Jan. 24, 2019.

Venezuela is falling back into ‘extreme poverty,’ archbishop says

Feb 14, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

“Hunger is more acute every day; there is great need in all sectors of the country.” Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden announces crackdown on illegal immigration ahead of visit to El Paso

Jan 6, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“Do not just show up at the border. Stay where you are and apply legally from there,” the president said. Read more

Caritas Merida assists in solidarity work after heavy rains in the Venezuelan state. Credit: Caritas Merida.

Venezuelan bishops criticize National Guard for obstructing aid to victims of rains, landslides

Aug 31, 2021

By David Ramos

The Venezuelan bishops’ conference criticized on Monday the Venezuelan National Guard for hindering the work of providing humanitarian aid to... Read more

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks at a rally in Caracas in support calling a constituent assembly, May 23, 2017.

Venezuelan president rejects Vatican letter calling for dialogue 

Jul 23, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela, called "garbage," "poison," full of "hatred" and "cynicism" a letter that the Vatican Secretary... Read more

The flag of Venezuela.

Venezuelan archbishop: Let us demand an end to human rights violations in our country

Jul 9, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

During the Venezuelan bishops’ plenary assembly on Wednesday, the conference president said that one of the main battles that must... Read more

May 3, 2017 Deputy of the National Assembly holds a Venezuelan flag when the protest in Caracas is repressed by the Bolivarian National Guard with tear gas. Credit: Reynaldo Riobueno/Shutterstock

Venezuelan bishops to address country's situation during plenary assembly

Jul 7, 2021

By Cynthia Perez

The Venezuelan bishops’ plenary assembly, being held July 7-9, will address the country’s situation, as well as pastoral concerns. Read more

Church in Venezuela calls for a day of prayer and fasting for the liberation of the country

Jun 25, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

In commemorating the June 24 centennial of the Battle of Carabobo, the Venezuelan bishops’ conference highlighted on their website a... Read more

Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Merida, Venezuela takes possession of St. John the Evangelist Church in Rome, Italy on June 12, 2017.

Church in Venezuela can facilitate talks between government and opposition, says cardinal

Jun 24, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Cardinal Baltazar Porras, archbishop of Mérida and apostolic administrator of Caracas, said that the Church in Venezuela can help facilitate... Read more

The tomb of José Gregorio Hernández in the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in Caracas, Venezuela.

Relic of Venezuela's 'doctor of the poor' tours hospitals

May 10, 2021

By Cynthia Perez

A relic of Blessed José Gregorio Hernández Cisneros, known as the doctor of the poor, is being brought to hospitals... Read more

The tomb of José Gregorio Hernández in the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in Caracas, Venezuela.

Pope Francis praises Venezuela’s ‘doctor of the poor’ ahead of beatification

Apr 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a video message marking the beatification of José Gregorio Hernández. Read more

The flag of Venezuela.

Venezuelan campaign focuses on lifesaving medication for the poor

Feb 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Lenten campaign launched by Caritas Venezuela is raising money to help poor and vulnerable people in the country buy... Read more

Saint Ines church in historical downtown of Cumana, Venezuela. Credit: JohannaWallace / Shutterstock.

Venezuelan cardinal: We pray for a happy new year, and push for change in government

Jan 6, 2021

In a New Year’s message posted on the Archdiocese of Caracas website, Archbishop Emeritus Jorge Urosa Savino said that despite... Read more