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With political unrest as backdrop, Venezuelan mission parish keeps focus

With political unrest as backdrop, Venezuelan mission parish keeps focus

| Jonathon Liedl | February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Throughout his 20-plus years in Venezuela, Father Greg Schaffer has made a concerted effort to keep his distance from the country’s often volatile political scene. He’s avoided marches and rallies, steers clear of partisan debates on social media, and keeps his homilies focused on personal rather than political issues.

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Churches at Colombian border work to help desperate Venezuelans

Churches at Colombian border work to help desperate Venezuelans

| Manuel Rueda | February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lunch started early at the Divine Providence House, a church-run soup kitchen located just a few hundred feet away from the Venezuelan border.

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Pope calls for peace in Venezuela, denounces Philippine church bombing

Pope calls for peace in Venezuela, denounces Philippine church bombing

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis prayed that a peaceful solution may be found in Venezuela as uncertainty and political instability grip the country.

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Despite challenges, Venezuelan youth have powerful potential

Despite challenges, Venezuelan youth have powerful potential

| Jonathan Liedl | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Only a few years ago, Graviel de Jesús was heading down a dangerous path. Already growing up poor in San Félix, Venezuela, and with complications from his mother’s alcohol and drug use while he was in utero, the teenager’s options for earning a livelihood were further limited when his country’s economy started to collapse. God was not a part of his life at the time, and so the young de Jesús began to follow his older brother into a life of crime.

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Witnessing youthful faith

Witnessing youthful faith

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The first time I ever went on a mission trip was in college, when I joined a group visiting our archdiocesan mission in Venezuela. I was filled with excitement and anxiety as we embarked on this adventure of faith. I knew that mission had something to do with sharing faith, but I wondered how I would be able to communicate and bring God to Venezuela. When we finally arrived, I was surprised to find out that God was already there!

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Following in namesake’s footsteps led Minnesota priest to his own Latin American mission

Following in namesake’s footsteps led Minnesota priest to his own Latin American mission

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a way, Father Greg Schaffer, 53, was set up from the beginning to serve as a missionary priest in Latin America. But perhaps not in Venezuela.

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In bleak Venezuela, archdiocesan mission supplies hope

In bleak Venezuela, archdiocesan mission supplies hope

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Visitors to La Revancha bakery in San Felix, Venezuela, are greeted by a large menu listing a wide variety of breads and baked goods. But before customers start to reach for their wallets, they need to look a little closer: Instead of a price, a “no” sticker is placed next to nearly all of the items, indicating their unavailability.

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‘Padre Santiago’ hopes to import ministry of encounter to Columbia Heights

‘Padre Santiago’ hopes to import ministry of encounter to Columbia Heights

| Jonathan Liedl | July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The earthy smell of simmering cornmeal “arepas” rose from the stovetop as a young American priest was welcomed into the humble home with a kiss on the cheek and an affectionate salutation of “Padre!” As he did most nights of the week, Father James Peterson was joining parishioners for dinner.

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Bishops’ conferences join efforts to help Venezuelan refugees

Bishops’ conferences join efforts to help Venezuelan refugees

With the help of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Vatican Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, eight bishops’ conferences in Latin America have joined efforts to assist Venezuelans in transit through or settling in their home countries.

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Help defend democracy, vote for governors, say Venezuelan bishops

Help defend democracy, vote for governors, say Venezuelan bishops

| Cody Weddle | October 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Venezuela’s bishops urged citizens to vote in upcoming gubernatorial elections.

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Flying to Colombia, pope asks prayers for Venezuela

Flying to Colombia, pope asks prayers for Venezuela

| Cindy Wooden | September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Flying to Colombia, with a flight plan changed to avoid Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean Sea, Pope Francis told reporters that Colombia and its neighbor, Venezuela, were in his prayers.

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Constituent Assembly will ‘mortgage’ Venezuela’s future, Vatican says

Constituent Assembly will ‘mortgage’ Venezuela’s future, Vatican says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a strongly worded statement, the Vatican called on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to respect the will of the people and respect the nation’s current constitution.

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