Posts Tagged ‘Venezuela’

Continued attacks against Catholics in Venezuela

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Continued attacks against Catholics in Venezuela are making church leaders wonder if the attacks are part of a campaign to deteriorate the relations between the church and the government. Read more

Venezuala president slammed for blocking aid in food crisis

Friday, July 15th, 2016

An archbishop has attacked Venezuela’s president for preventing the Church and other institutions from relieving the nation’s severe food crisis. Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná slammed President Nicolás Maduro’s lack of “moral authority”. “The interests of the government are not the interests of the country,” said Archbishop Padrón. The archbishop is head of Venezuela’s bishops’ conference. Read more

Venezuela economy crisis means shortage of Communion hosts

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

One of the effects of Venezuela’s economic crisis is a shortage of unleavened wheat flour to make Communion hosts. The monthly production of hosts in the South American nation has fallen from 80,000 to 30,000 recently, the Catholic News Agency reported. Giovanni Luisio Mass, prior of the Order of Poor Knights of Christ of the Read more

Challenge of a continent

Friday, June 6th, 2014

With an Argentinian Pope at the helm of the Catholic Church, populist politicians in Latin America are doing their best to enlist him in order to promote their agendas. Within a week of Francis’ election, the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claimed that the new Pope’s statements on the “option for the poor” were, in fact, Read more

NZ priests leave their mark in Venezuela

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

A wall painting of St Peter Chanel is not the only sign that Kiwis have been in Venezuela. Fr Tony O’Connor, a New Zealand Marist priest, will soon be leaving Flor Amarillo, Valencia, Venezuela. His departure will bring to an end 46 years of Marist work in the area. As well as Fr Tony, two Read more

Venuezuelan president Hugo Chavez died ‘clinging to Christ’

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Hugo Chavez, the socialist president who transformed Venezuela while oppressing Catholic institutions in the 96 per cent Catholic country, reportedly died in “the bosom of the Church” on March 5. The Catholic News Agency said Chavez received spiritual direction and the sacraments in his last days, and Vice President Nicolas Maduro said he died “clinging Read more