San Cristóbal (Agenzia Fides) - There are 12 young missionaries who from April 9 to 20, will dedicate the Easter period to evangelization among the peoples and indigenous communities of the Apostolic Vicariate of Caroni. The celebration for the missionary sending took place in the Cathedral of the Diocese of San Cristóbal and was presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop Msgr. Juan Alberto Ayala, in the presence of relatives and friends, as well as members of the diocesan secretariat of the University pastoral and diocesan Caritas.
The Apostolic Vicariate of Caroni, which includes the Venezuelan state of Bolívar, was erected on March 4, 1922. It has a population of 91,100, of whom 57,700 are Catholic. For lack of personnel, after a century of missionary commitment, in 2021 the Capuchins left the pastoral direction of the vicariate to the Venezuelan Church, and it was entrusted to the pastoral care of the diocese of San Cristóbal (see Fides, 28/4/2021; 21/7/2021; 5/3/2022).
According to information from the Episcopal Conference, sent to Fides, Monsignor Juan Alberto Ayala stressed that the evangelizing commitment of each of the envoys "is to do good". "Remember, dear brothers, that you were sent to do good, the Church of San Cristóbal is present in the Apostolic Vicariate of Caroní with Bishop Gonzalo Ontiveros, with priests and seminarians, and now with you.
Have courage and go forward, be courageous, because the one who called you to this mission is God".
During the Holy Mass, the missionaries received the bishop's blessing and the yellow vests that will identify them as members of the University Pastoral Service. From April 9 to 20, they will share their faith and promote Gospel values during Holy Week and part of the Easter Octave. They will also bring with them donations and supplies that the diocese of San Cristóbal collected during the months of February and March, with the support of the diocesan Caritas and the Pastoral Vicariate. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 11/4/2022)