Responding to the questions of some journalists, on the presence of a Holy See representative at the inaugural ceremony of the Presidency in Venezuela, the Interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, said:
“The Holy See maintains diplomatic relations with the Venezuelan State. Its diplomatic activity has as its end to promote the common good, to protect the peace and to guarantee respect of human dignity. Therefore, the Holy See has decided to be represented, in the inaugural ceremony of the Presidency, by the Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Apostolic Nunciature of Caracas. The Holy See and the Bishops of the Country continue working together to help the Venezuelan people, which is suffering the humanitarian and social implications of the grave situation in which the Nation finds itself.”
Nicolas Maduro last week was sworn in for his second term as Venezuela’s president. Catholic bishops in Venezuela have questioned the legitimacy of the election.