Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference Heads to Rome

On Thursday, Pope Francis will meet in Rome with the Presidential Council of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference (CEV). At the private audience, the Venezuelan bishops will inform the Pope “in detail” about the ongoing crisis. It’s not the first time Pope Francis meets with Venezuelan church leaders to discuss the crisis, but it is the first time the Vatican officially publicizes such an audience, and the first time that the whole CEV Presidential Council will meet with the Pope to openly talk about the current debacle.

The Vatican has been criticized for its lenient approach to the government, as seen in the dialogue it brokered in 2016, which was widely considered as a time-wasting tactic by the government. Venezuelan opposition figures have expressed intense frustration towards Pope Francis, saying he should be more assertive and less accommodating with the Venezuelan government ....