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Venezuela invites Cardinal Parolin to become “mediator of good will”

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:22 UTC
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The current Vatican Secretary of State was Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela The current Vatican Secretary of State was Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela

The Venezuelan government formally invited today the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to join the exploratory talks with the opposition as “mediator of good will” in order to find a solution to the violent situation in the country.

 “We wish to convey President Nicolás Maduro’s invitation to his Holiness Pope Francis for him to join the talks between the government and the opposition as a “mediator of good will”, said the government in a letter published on Wednesday in Venezuelan Foreign Ministry website.

In the letter, the chief of Venezuelan diplomacy, Elías Jaua, expressed his hope for Parolin's presence in the government’s Peace Conference that aims to “promote a constructive dialogue, understanding and peace”

If Parolin accepts, he will be joining the chancellors of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, members of the regional Union of South American Nations (Unasur) as facilitators for the talks.

The invitation to Parolin, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela from 2009 to 2012, when Francis named him Secretary of State of the Holy See, was only possible after the agreement reached on Tuesday between the government and the opposition leaders to attend talks to put an end to the political unrest that started last February.

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  • ilsen

    We wait with baited breath.

    will they let Lopez out of gaol to attend?

    is it all for show?

    Do either side actually believe that the other is genuine about resolving the situation this way?

    Apr 10th, 2014 - 01:53 pm 0
  • reality check

    Roman catholicism, butting up against left wing, Cuban inspired ideology.

    Hmm, interesting? but somehow it does not fill me with a overwhelming feeling of optimism!

    Still we can but I hope.

    Apr 10th, 2014 - 02:51 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    I wonder if the Deluded one will bless all the Mad-uro one before the start?

    Don't hold your breath on this folks!

    Apr 10th, 2014 - 02:54 pm 0
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