Over one million Venezuelans have arrived in Colombia as of May 2018. Colombia is not a rich country, and helping to bear the burden of receiving thousands of Venezuelan refugees every day is the Catholic Church.
St. John Paul II had suspended Father Cardenal and several other priests from active ministry in 1985 for joining the Marxist-influenced Sandinista government. Father Cardenal resigned from the Sandinista Front in 1994.
The delegation was in Rome to solicit the support of the Italian government in recognizing Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.
“As long as there is a dictatorship in Venezuela, it is better not to return,” said Alexander. “I feel that there is an illegitimate government, a power that literally controls everything, but also an opposition that has defrauded the people many times.”
On Feb. 2, Santos Gaspar Romero Galdamez, the younger brother of Salvadoran Archbishop St. Oscar Romero, died in San Salvador, El Salvador.