Pope urges Venezuelans to be confident
The first vice-president of the Bishops' Conference had a talk with the Pope during the opening of the Pontifical Council
"Rest assured, God will help you," was the message delivered by the Pope to Venezuelans, according to the president of Caritas Venezuela and CEV first vice-president, Monsignor José Luis Azuaje. The priest managed to meet with the Pope at the end of the General Assembly of the Pontifical Council COR UNUM (One single heart).
Azuaje thanked the Pope for his words and encouraged Venezuelans to take them into account. "(These words) should be a guide for action and an itinerary for hope in the light of so many uncertainties," he advised.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.