COMMENTARY: The 79-year-old archbishop emeritus of Caracas died Sept. 23 due to complications from COVID-19.
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In his message, Cardinal Urosa said that he felt “immensely happy to have been a priest” and asked “forgiveness from God and all my brothers for the faults I may have committed, especially for the faults of omission.”
The Venezuelan cardinal stressed the importance of recovering a “minimum of confidence” so there can be foreign investment in Venezuela, because at this time there is no guaranteed proper application of the law, “and logically who would come at their own risk.”
Blessed José Gregorio Hernández attended daily Mass, brought medicine and care to the poor, and made a profession as a Third Order Franciscan.
The Holy Father said, ‘The beatification of Dr. Hernández is a special blessing of God.’ The holy physician cared for the sick during the Spanish Flu pandemic.
In the video, sent to the virtual two-day meeting focused on priestly ministry during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis encouraged priests and bishops to minister to “renew the gift of yourselves to the Lord and to his holy people” during the pandemic.
Bishop Polito Rodríguez Méndez of San Carlos said the crisis in Venezuela is likely to worsen in the coming months, which will seriously affect the Church in the country, which is already lacking financial resources.
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis June 19 approved a miracle attributed to intervention of the Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez (1864-1919), paving the way for his beatification.
The bishops noted that the lockdown and social distancing have "managed to stop the spread of the disease for a time," but in the last week, "the number of those infected has increased alarmingly."
On April 25, Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodríguez announced state intervention and oversight of several food supply companies in order to control the prices of 27 products for 180 days.