- Who will inherit the earth?
World leaders meet in Paris on Monday for the latest round of talks on reducing carbon emissions. Differences between rich and poor countries threaten the search for solutions
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Pope in Africa: Corruption is present in all parts of life 'including the Vatican', Francis tells young people
- Pope praises “ecumenism of blood” of Anglican and Catholic martyrs in Uganda
- Francis arrives in Uganda calling for transparent governance
- Pope in Africa: Francis goes to the slums and denounces faceless elites who exclude the poor
- Pope in Africa: Francis' trip to Africa the most profound of messages to climate change conference in Paris Christopher Lamb in Nairobi
- Any peace plan for Syria must involve a secular society - and that means Assad is an option John Eibner
- Depriving Isis of a home is key to victory, but the West must avoid humiliating Muslims in defeat Clifford Longley
An offer from the Vatican to send an envoy to act as mediator in the political crisis in Venezuela has been welcomed by both President Nicolas Maduro and the main opposition parties.
Last week Mr Maduro accepted that an outside facilitator was needed, suggesting the Vatican’s secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was formerly nuncio in Caracas.
The Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, told the AP news agency that the Holy See and Cardinal Parolin were “willing and desirous to do whatever is possible for the good and serenity of the country”. He added that the Vatican was now studying the expectations for its intervention and whether it could bring about a positive outcome.
At the weekend Cardinal Jorge Urosa said that the president had failed to contact the nuncio in Venezuela, which he would need to do if a Vatican mediator is to be involved.
Opposition groups have so far refused to attend peace talks, accusing Mr Maduro of not acting in good faith.
Huge anti-government protests have continued since the middle of February, with anger over high levels of crime, inflation and food shortages. A hard core of protesters have said they will not stop until they have achieved the resignation of Mr Maduro, who came to power following the death of Hugo Chavez last year.
Around 40 people have been killed in violence around the protests.