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.
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.