Pope Francis Receives Venezuelan Bishops to Discuss the Situation of the Country

Members of Venezuelan Episcopal Conference Share Their Reality

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Pope Francis received the leaders of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (VEC), in the Apostolic Vatican Palace, the morning of Thursday, June 8, 2017, to talk about the grave situation the country is experiencing. The private audience lasted half an hour.
Then, after another meeting, the bishops met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The delegation was headed by VEC’s President, Monsignor Diego Rafael Padron Sanchez; the First Vice-President, Monsignor Jose Luis Azuaje Ayala; the Second Vice-President, Monsignor Mario del Valle Moronta Rodriguez; the Secretary General, Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Sabino, Archbishop of Caracas; and Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, Archbishop of Merida.
While the Vatican has not released details of today’s meeting, yesterday, Venezuelan Cardinal Urosa met in Rome with the President of the Italian Senate’s Foreign Relations Commission. Meetings are also planned with dicasteries and with Caritas Internationalis.
Zenit has interviewed Cardinal Urosa following the audience with the Pope and our conversation with the cardinal will be brought to our readers in English tomorrow.


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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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