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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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Venezuelan campaign focuses on lifesaving medication for the poor

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

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

Saint Ines church in historical downtown of Cumana, Venezuela.

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

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

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

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Venezuelan bishops: Country’s situation is ‘unacceptable’

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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