January 14, 2019 09:01
Updated January 14, 2019 at 10:18
The Vatican today justified the presence of an envoy in the inauguration of Nicolás Maduro's second term in what would be his second term in Venezuela because "the Holy See aims to promote the common good, protect peace and guarantee respect for the human dignity ".
The Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, explained in a note that "the Holy See maintains diplomatic relations with the Venezuelan state, whose diplomatic activity is aimed at promoting the common good, protecting peace and guaranteeing respect for human dignity" .
Therefore, adds the statement, "the Holy See has decided to be represented at the inauguration ceremony of the Presidency, by the head of the interim affairs of the Apostolic Nunciature of Caracas (George Koovakod)."
He added that the Vatican and the Bishops of the country "continue to work together to help the Venezuelan people, who are suffering the humanitarian and social implications of the grave situation in which the nation finds itself".
Maduro took possession last Thursday for a second term in Venezuela among international critics, led by the United States and several Latin American countries, on the legitimacy of his new mandate.
Only four presidents of the 19 countries of Latin America took part in the oath: that of Bolivia, Evo Morales; that of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel; that of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; and that of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.