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The country is suffering through of the strongest economical and political crises in its history.

Priests and religious are doing everything possible to support, accompany and comfort their people.

But who takes care of them so that they themselves do not collapse emotionally or spiritually?

You can help then

Offer a Mass for Venezuela

How to

When you make a Mass Offering through Aid to the Church in Need, you are supporting a priest in need in one of the more than 140 countries in which we work, while at the same time, a Mass is being celebrated for your special intentions. In this case, we want to support the priests in Venezuela.

I want to offer a Mass for Venezuela

At the same time, we also encourage Catholics around the world to pray at Mass for “the peace and the future of Venezuela.”

A Mass has infinite value. Prayer is the basis of change!

Data on the crisis

According to the latest Caritas Venezuela report, the inflation of food prices exceeded 1,300% in 2017. Likewise, the International Monetary Fund estimates that inflation in Venezuela will be 13,000% in 2018, the highest rate in the world.

On May 1st, the minimum monthly wage rose from 1.3 million bolivars to 2.5 million; this means a 95% increase. It is the ninth salary increase since January 2017 and the third one in the course of this year. Despite the increase, it is practically impossible for ordinary citizens to buy anything. One kilo (2.2 pounds) of chicken costs 2.5 million bolivars, one kilo of rice costs 600,000 bolivars, two rolls of toilet paper cost 500,000 bolivars, a bottle of water costs 200,000 bolivars. The basic family basket would approximately cost the equivalent of 50 minimum wages.

Venezuela also finds itself in a political crisis: the government has scheduled the presidential election for May 20. In its most recent press release, the bishops’ conference of Venezuela said the election would not be legitimate. The bishops charged the vote would be held “without the proper guarantees that goes with every free, trustworthy, transparent election process;” the hierarchy said that, instead “of solving the crisis that the country is experiencing, the [election] might make it worse and bring the country into an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.” The bishops’ statement also noted the “countless disqualifications of possible candidates” and requested the election be postponed until the last quarter of the year.

The Venezuelan Church suffers along with its people.

Priests and religious are doing everything possible to support, accompany and comfort their people. But who takes care of them so that they themselves do not collapse emotionally or spiritually? An average weekly Mass collection amounts to about 80,000 bolivars. Especially the priests in the urban peripheries hardly have any income to support themselves or cover transport costs. A tire costs 30 million bolivars. The situation worsens in case of illness. Medicines are expensive and many chronic diseases can become deadly.

The people are desperate
The Holy Mass in the Vargas district
The basic family basket would approximately cost the equivalent of 50 minimum wages.
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