In a situation that is becoming ever more grave in Venezuela, last Sunday an armed squad retained Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino for some four hours, who was celebrating Mass on the feast of the Virgin of Carmel.
On Monday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a letter to Cardinal Urosa expressing his closeness to him and to the faithful and condemning the siege and the violence.
“Dear Lord Cardinal, Jorge Urosa Sabino:
I wish to express my closeness to you, to the Fathers, to the Deacons and to all the faithful who were attacked in the Carmel church of Catia and roundly condemn the siege and violence.
I prayed a lot yesterday (Sunday 16th) that the Virgin of Carmel, so loved and venerated in Venezuela, may obtain from her Divine Son a peaceful and democratic solution for the country. And may the Authorities listen to the cry of the people who ask for freedom, reconciliation, peace and material and spiritual wellbeing for all, especially for the poorest and the neglected.
With a strong embrace in Domino
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, July 17, 2017