The bishops of Venezuela have issued a New Year message addressing the situation there. The message dated January 10 was headed ‘Carta Fraterna de los Obispos de Venezuela’ (Fraternal Letter of the Bishops of Venezuela). It was sent to the Antilles Episcopal Conference of Caribbean bishops and other bishops’ conferences. Following is an edited version of the translated document.
At the beginning of this year 2020, as a result of the prayer and reflection that accompany and strengthen our commitment to the people to which we belong and of which we are shepherds, driven by the conscience of duty as prophets that make the cry of our People, we address this fraternal letter to all the sister Churches of America and the world, to the men and women of good will and to all the brothers of Venezuela who live and fight within the country or have gone to other nations as emigrants.