Pope Francis to Venezuela: “How I wish I could visit you”

Pope Francis sent this video message to Venezuelans regarding the beatification of José Gregorio Hernández, which, due to the pandemic, will be held this April 30 in the chapel of Colegio La Salle, in Caracas.

“I confess that I did not find a Venezuelan here in the Vatican, whether in the square or in a private audience, who in the middle of the conversation finally said: and when is the beatification of Gregorio? They carried it in their soul. Well, now this wish is achieved ”.

He praised the example of holiness of the “doctor of the poor,” his commitment to defending life and the challenges in history, especially his service to others.

The fourth Venezuelan blessed played a key role in the so-called “Spanish flu.” The Pope recalled that precisely his beatification “takes place at a particular time” due to the pandemic.

“I am aware that your prolonged hardships and anguish have been aggravated by the terrible Covid-19 pandemic that affects us all. I have so many deaths in mind today ”.

He also said that those affected by the pandemic “have paid with their lives, for maintaining their tasks in precarious conditions.”

Faced with the humanitarian crisis, he asked that, following the example of José Gregorio Hernández, “greater solidarity be promoted, to produce a response for the common good among all.”

“I ask that, among all of us, we recover that Venezuela in which everyone knows they fit, in which everyone can find a future. And I ask the Lord that no outside intervention prevents you from walking this path of national unity. How I wish I could visit them, to at least signify my accompaniment on this path. I ask the Virgin of Coromoto, Patroness of that beloved and beautiful nation, and I ask Blessed José Gregorio Hernández for all of you ”.

The beatification of José Gregorio Hernández will be presided over by Aldo Giordano, Apostolic Nuncio in Venezuela, after the Holy See announced the cancellation of the visit of his predecessor, Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.


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