In Latin America, evangelical churches have been gaining popularity for decades and with growing numbers, evangelicals have increased their political influence, securing key mayorships and, in some countries, setting their eye on the presidency.
The St. Cloud Mission Office has experienced difficulty in communicating with our sister Diocese of Maracay, Venezuela, as the country’s political turmoil has worsened.
Many of the missioners — whether short-term or long-term — are willing and able to continue to minister to, and with, the Hispanic/Latino communities in the St. Cloud Diocese by celebrating Masses, performing the sacraments and providing pastoral ministry.
In a strongly worded statement, the Vatican called on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to respect the will of the people and respect the nation’s current constitution.
The Venezuelan bishops have rejected the constituent assembly election in a seven-point communique and urged the country’s armed forces to avoid more deaths in the streets.
Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia, stated the election of President Nicolas Maduro’s friends as a ‘constituent assembly’ “will install a Soviet state in Venezuela, liquidate democracy, end the Congress, cancel elections and turn Venezuela into a sort of Caribbean ‘North Korea.”
In the villages of Venezuela, the number of children suffering from malnutrition has risen to 48 percent and there are the classic images of starvation for children under 5 years of age.
Pope Francis met privately with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, urging a peaceful dialogue between the country’s government and opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis, the Vatican said.