Pope Francis asks to maintain dialogue for peace in Venezuela

Pope Francis defended today “the  paths of dialogue” and “courageous gestures” in Venezuela so that “the consequences of the political, social and economic crisis” no longer weigh “over the civilian population.”

During a meeting in the Vatican with members of the diplomatic body, the Supreme Pontiff said that “This approach seeks to foster mutual trust, maintain the paths of dialogue and emphasize the need for courageous gestures, which are very urgent in neighboring Venezuela, where the consequences of the political, social and economic crisis have long been weighing heavily over the civilian population. ”

In that sense, he requested that in Venezuela the Government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition bet on the dialogue and seek for peace.

On Friday, January 6, the delegation of the Bolivarian Government that accompanies the process of dialogue held a meeting with the envoy of Pope Francis, Monsignor Claudio Celli. After the meeting, the Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodríguez, stressed that this new year the dialogue comes with “renewed impulse” for the stability of the country “defeating the opposition’s violence.”

The Minister assured that the Revolutionary Government will continue “to walk the paths of peace and hope,” while emphasizing that “dialogue is the only way in democracy.”