Venezuela is descending ever deeper into crisis. The people are desperate and bitter, violence is growing, the murder rate is rising, and many are looking for refuge and solace in drugs. Meanwhile, the Church is committed to standing by those who are suffering, trying to give them hope. In these difficult times, Bishop Raùl Biord …
“Mary tells us that she has ‘the honor’ of being our mother, assuring us that those who suffer do not weep in vain. These tears are a silent prayer rising to heaven, always finding a place in Mary’s mantle.” Pope Francis
Some 40 percent of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Catholics live in Latin America, but the continent has seen a decline in the Catholic population. Latin America’s biggest challenge? How to engage the Catholic flock in ways that deepen their knowledge and love of the faith, thus boosting their engagement in and faithfulness to the Church.
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The Carmelite convent is in a sense the spiritual heart of the diocese, yet at the same time it is not easy for the Sisters to support themselves. Their contemplative life in strict enclosure allows them only limited means of supporting themselves, and most of the Sisters are already elderly. In practice this means that the convent is dependent on outside support.
The Catholic faithful are poor, and they have made big sacrifices to be able to purchase a plot of land on which to build a church, even if they still have nowhere near enough to pay for its construction. Will you give so that these poor faithful in Haiti can have their own parish church?
Many settlements of the indigenous peoples can only be reached by boat. The parish doesn't have a boat, so it can be very difficult to visit the families, celebrate the Liturgy in their chapels, provide religious instruction and generally be with the people pastorally.