Venezuela asks Cardinal Parolin to help mediate talks to end political protests
April 10, 2014
The government of Venezuela has asked the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to serve as a mediator in negotiations with opposition leaders to end a political crisis.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro issued an invitation for Cardinal Parolin to be a “good-faith witness” in the talks. Opposition leaders, who have demanded witnesses for the negotiations, apparently approved the invitation.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin had been apostolic nuncio in Venezuela. Because the Catholic hierarchy has frequently been at odds with the government of Maduro and his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, a Vatican mediator might be considered more acceptable.