Pope Francis has indicated a willingness to meet personally with representatives of both the Venezuelan government and the political opposition, in order to re-start talks to address the country’s deepening economic and political crisis.
Archbishop Aldo Giordano, the apostolic nuncio in Caracas, said: “The
Pope has expressed his availability, if [both parties] consider it
useful. The Vatican has strongly supported the negotiations between the
government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition. But the talks
broke down in December, after the government failed to comply with the
accepted terms for the talks.
Venezuelans has suffered for months through severe shortages of food
and medicine, and frequent disruptions of utility services, as the
country’s economic system has collapsed under the current government.
The country’s legislators have called for a referendum vote on Maduro’s
leadership, which the president has refused to allow.