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Saint Ines church in historical downtown of Cumana, Venezuela.

Venezuelan bishop pleads for help: ‘Either COVID kills us or hunger kills us’

Jul 23, 2020

The dire economic situation in Venezuela, combined with the effects of the pandemic lockdown, has led to a crisis more... Read more

Catholic ministry in Colombia marks three years of feeding migrants

Jun 8, 2020

June 5 marks three years since the Diocese of Cúcuta, Colombia opened its Divine Providence House of Transit in response... Read more

Flag of Venezuela.

Venezuelan bishops: Country’s situation is ‘unacceptable’

May 31, 2020

The Venezuelan bishops published an exhortation May 28 calling for “a consensus among all and an inclusive national accord” to... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Urosa.

Cardinal Urosa: Coronavirus makes terrible crisis in Venezuela even worse

Apr 29, 2020

Venezuela’s prolonged social, political and economic crisis has only been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, the archbishop emeritus of Caracas,... Read more

2017 protests in Venezuela.

Hunger in Venezuela becoming 'a fuel more dangerous than gasoline'

Apr 26, 2020

An archbishop in Venezuela warned that desperation is growing in the country, as the national coronavirus quarantine measures have compounded... Read more

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gives a thumb up as he arrives at the outdoor session of the National Assembly March 10.

Venezuelan bishops' conference backs pro-democracy marches, calls for change

Mar 11, 2020

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets March 10 in Caracas and other cities to demand democratic change, amid the... Read more

Saint Ines church in historical downtown of Cumana, Venezuela.

Church in Venezuela hit hard by ongoing economic, political crisis

Feb 11, 2020

As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer severe food and medication shortages due to hyperinflation, the Church is also... Read more

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (C) waves as he is acknowledged by Donald Trump during his State of the Union address Washington, DC, Feb. 4, 2020.

Venezuela tops foreign policy agenda in State of the Union

Feb 5, 2020

Juan Guaidó, leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly and recognized by the U.S. as the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic... Read more

José Ángel Divassón Cilveti speaks at an Amazon synod press conference at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2019.

Amazon Synod bishop: The Gospel brings new concepts to cultures, like forgiveness

Oct 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

While the Vatican’s Synod of Bishop on the Amazon discusses the idea of “inculturating” the Gospel’s proclamation with local culture,... Read more

Venezuelan migrants walk southbound along the Pan American highway after receiving refugee permits at the Peruvian border.

Chilean diocese announces solidarity campaign for migrants at border

Jul 2, 2019

The migration ministry in the Diocese of Arica, Chile has announced an aid campaign for the hundreds of migrants facing... Read more

Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan bishops: Country's plight requires new president

Jun 25, 2019

Meeting June 21 with Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference stressed that the... Read more

Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Merida in Rome, June 12, 2017.

Venezuelan bishops say ending legislative immunity 'hijacks' democracy

May 17, 2019

The Venezuelan bishops’ conference has expressed opposition to a decision of the country’s Supreme Court, which has requested that legislative... Read more

Venezuelan opposition deputy Dennis Fernandez (L) at SEBIN headquarters in Caracas, requests information on the detention of Roberto Marrero, March 22, 2019.

Venezuelan bishops repudiate arrest of opposition figure Roberto Marrero

Mar 26, 2019

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Venezuelan bishops' conference has repudiated last week's arrest of Roberto Marrero, chief of... Read more

Venezuela security forces March 19, 2019.

Civil disobedience is a fundamental right, says Venezuelan cardinal

Mar 22, 2019

A Venezuelan cardinal has called on state security forces to exercise civil disobedience when given orders to use lethal force... Read more

Venezuelan migrants waiting to enter the Divine Providence House in Cucuta, Colombia.

Colombian diocese has served 1 million meals to Venezuelan migrants

Mar 20, 2019

The Diocese of Cúcuta in Colombia reported this week that it has provided 1 million meals to Venezuelan migrants affected... Read more

With Venezuela in turmoil, how one religious sister cares for the elderly

Mar 13, 2019

Mother Emilia Rivero runs the Providence Nursing Home Foundation in Caracas, Venezuela. Even in ordinary times, caring for lonely, poor,... Read more

A Venezuelan woman receives a government food package Feb. 22, 2019.

Venezuelan bishops call for humanitarian aid to be distributed

Feb 23, 2019

The Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference is calling on Nicolas Maduro’s government to allow humanitarian aid to enter the country and be... Read more

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela.

Analysis: Pope Francis' position on Venezuela

Feb 16, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ recent letter to Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro confirmed the Holy See’s position on the Venezuelan crisis, while demonstrating that... Read more

Bishop to Maduro: Open your eyes to see the suffering of the people

Feb 14, 2019

The bishop of San Cristóbal has exhorted Nicolas Maduro to consider the suffering of the Venezuelan people amid the ongoing... Read more

A woman holds a cartoon of Nicolas Maduro during opposition rally.

In leaked letter to 'Mr. Maduro,' Pope Francis reiterates call for peace

Feb 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On Feb. 13, the Milan daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera published a report saying that the pope had written to... Read more