CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans on Friday celebrated the beatification of Jose Gregorio Hernandez, a medic who grew to become referred to as the “physician of the poor” whereas treating the in poor health throughout the Spanish flu pandemic within the early twentieth century.
Pope Francis in 2020 started the method of his beatification, which precedes sainthood within the Roman Catholic custom.
That course of was accomplished on Friday in a Caracas ceremony led by papal nuncio Aldo Giordano and different Venezuelan church leaders.
Giordano known as for Hernandez’s intervention to assist the South American nation get hold of coronavirus vaccines for its inoculation marketing campaign, which has been mired in partisan variations.
“Might the blessed Jose Gregorio intercede in order that entry to vaccines will be achieved collectively, with out divisions,” Giordano stated. “(Hernandez) is ready to unite all his compatriots, unbiased of their social, political and financial variations.”
Pope Francis, the primary Latin American pontiff, in a video launched on Thursday stated he hoped the beatification would foment solidarity amongst Venezuelans, who for many years have been bitterly divided by politics.
Hernandez, the fourth Venezuelan to be beatified, was born within the Andean state of Trujillo in 1864. He died in 1919 after being hit by a automobile in Caracas, and his devotees spent many years petitioning the Vatican to place him on the trail to sainthood.
In 2017, the church attributed a miracle to Hernandez for saving the lifetime of a younger woman, Yaxury Solorzano, who was shot within the head throughout a theft try.
Docs had stated Solorzano could be disabled in the event that they managed to avoid wasting her life, however she recovered and was capable of stroll simply weeks after leaving the hospital, in keeping with church information.
Solorzano’s mom had prayed to Hernandez for her daughter’s salvation. Each mom and daughter had been current for Friday’s ceremony.
Excessive rating authorities officers together with Protection Minister Vladimir Padrino, International Minister Jorge Arreaza, and parliament chief Jorge Rodriguez had been current for the ceremony.
Reporting by Mayela Armas, Writing by Brian Ellsworth, Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien