Venezuela’s Catholic Church beatified on Friday Jose Gregorio Hernandez, a scientist who was popularly known as the "Doctor of the Poor" due to his humanitarian work during his lifetime between 1864 and 1919.
Venezuela: Jose Gregorio Hernandez To Be Beatified This Friday
At least 150 people attended the ceremony as a large portrait of José Gregorio Hernández was unveiled on one side of the altar inside San Juan Bautista temple. The Catholic authorities thanked Pope Francis for his support and remarked the beatification as a tribute to thousands of doctors and frontline workers serving amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, dioceses and parishes throughout the country will receive 150 reliquaries with fragments of José Gregorio skeleton. On May 1, a thanksgiving mass will take place in Isnotú town, were the Doctor of the poor was born.
“Hernandez’s beatification is a special blessing from God for Venezuela. It Invites us to be more supportive with each other, so we can revive and reborn after the pandemic,” Pope Francis told the Venezuelan on Thursday.
The ceremony was broadcasted by local media so that the Catholic community was able to appreciate the doctor's beatification in the La Salle College church in Caracas.
Hernandez “is a model of holiness committed to the defense of life and he is a paradigm of service to his neighbors excluding no one, like a Good Samaritan. He is a man of universal service,” the Holy Father added.
Apostolic Nuncio Aldo Giordano attended the ceremony on behalf of Pope Francis and the Vatican's Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, who could not travel to Venezuela due to the COVID-19.
“The pandemic, which today affects this great feast of faith, keeps us all at home, and it does not allow us to go out to celebrate. However, I’ll accompany you today,” the Pope said.
Bishops, priests, Hernandez's relatives, and a small group of Venezuelan doctors took part in the event. The girl Yaxury Solorzano, who received a miracle from the blessed doctor also attended the ceremony.
“Jose Gregorio won the affection of the people with the austerity of a monk, the vocation to seek the good of others, and the wisdom of a man of science,” Pope Francis stressed.