Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - "The Day of Prayer for Peace in Venezuela was held in all the dioceses of the country on May 21, to ask the Lord for the solution regarding the political and economic problem, to put a stop to violence, to end the repression of the people in demonstrations, respect for human rights, in particular towards political prisoners, the validity of democratic values, reconciliation and peace". This is what Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, said during his homily.
According to the text sent to Fides, the Cardinal reiterated the invitation to peace: "This is the only way, the Christian way for peace. Observance of the commandments: to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. Based on the current and conflicting situation, characterized by a serious social, economic and political crisis, there is the lack of fulfillment of the commandments: the search for profit, the craving of power, arrogance, selfishness, corruption, crime, finally, a whole series of problems I do not want to repeat in this homily".
The Archbishop of Caracas continued: "The members of the Armed Forces and of the Police must be proponents and guarantors of respect for the Constitution and, by vocation, must first and foremost guarantee peace and the healthy coexistence of the Venezuelan people to whom they belong. We appeal to the conscience of those who command these forces, in front of the many deaths of citizens caused by abuse of authority in repressive actions. Moral responsibility for acts that lead to violence, wounded and dead is of those who carry them out, as well as of those who ordered or allowed them. In our country, the pronouncement of the martyr of America, Blessed Oscar Romero, is topicality: in the name of God and of this people who suffer, please, I beg you, I order you to stop the repression".
Unfortunately, the number of victims of the anti-Maduro protests, underway since April, has risen to 60. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 24/05/2017)