Pope urges Venezuelans to be confident
The first vice-president of the Bishops' Conference had a talk with the Pope during the opening of the Pontifical Council
"Rest assured, God will help you," was the message delivered by the Pope to Venezuelans, according to the president of Caritas Venezuela and CEV first vice-president, Monsignor José Luis Azuaje. The priest managed to meet with the Pope at the end of the General Assembly of the Pontifical Council COR UNUM (One single heart).
Azuaje thanked the Pope for his words and encouraged Venezuelans to take them into account. "(These words) should be a guide for action and an itinerary for hope in the light of so many uncertainties," he advised.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.