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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

Sen. Marco Rubio.

Rubio: Blocking aid to Venezuela is a 'crime against humanity'

Feb 8, 2019

By Ed Condon

Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared blocking food and medical aid... Read more

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

Venezuelan cardinal rejects Maduro's call for Vatican mediation

Feb 7, 2019

The Archbishop of Merida has ruled out Vatican mediation of the Venezuelan crisis after president Nicolas Maduro made public a... Read more

Representatives of the Venezuelan bishops' conference, along with lay and religious leaders.

Venezuelan bishops, religious sisters and laity call for free elections

Feb 5, 2019

In a joint statement Monday, the Venezuelan bishops' conference, the Confederation of Religious Men and Women of Venezuela and the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal flight to South Korea in 2014.

Pope Francis: Mediation in Venezuela requires willingness of both sides

Feb 5, 2019

Pope Francis said Tuesday that he had not read Nicolas Maduro’s letter, but expressed an openness to mediate in Venezuela’s... Read more

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro asks Pope Francis to mediate in Venezuela

Feb 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Nicolas Maduro wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking him to mediate in the political situation in Venezuela, Vatican Secretary... Read more

Members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas, Jan. 27, 2019.

'Stop the repression,' Venezuelan bishops plead

Jan 29, 2019

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference is calling for an end to violence surrounding protests after... Read more

Portafololia awards ceremony, Nov. 29. Courtesy photo.

Colombian diocese honored for serving Venezuelan migrants

Dec 4, 2018

The Diocese of  Cúcuta, Colombia, has been awarded a Portafolio Award, an annual recognition in the country given to organizations... Read more

Venezuelan migrants are desperate to survive, archbishop says

Aug 29, 2018

As the plight of Venezuelans worsens, and neighboring countries crack down on those trying to flee, Catholic leaders in the... Read more

Juan Pablo Hernandez.

Seminarian: Despite devastation, faith has grown in Venezuela  

Aug 21, 2018

When Juan Pablo Hernandez returns to his home in the Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Venezuela next year, he will face a... Read more

US promises $16 million to aid Venezuelan refugees

Apr 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

As the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela deepens, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States will provide nearly... Read more