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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.