posted on 03/31/2021 16:30
(credit: PEDRO RANCES MATTEY / AFP)
Hundreds of faithful gathered on Wednesday (31) in the streets of Caracas to contemplate the passage of the image of the Nazarene of San Pablo, despite calls from the Catholic Church and authorities not to crowd in the midst of a worrying second wave of covid -19 in Venezuela.
For the second consecutive year, the traditional agglomeration was banned in front of the Basilica of Santa Teresa, in the center of Caracas, which waited for the image to come out and then accompany it on its journey throughout the city.
The organizers preferred that the trip be made on board the “popemobile”, the vehicle used by John Paul II during his visit in 1996, and asked parishioners to contemplate the procession in their homes. However, many faithful did not accept the request.
The police dispersed a group that met early in the Basilica and throughout the procession had to keep people away from the “popemobile”, who approached to bow and put their hands on the glass. One man even put his face on the vehicle, AFP noted.
“I shouldn’t be here, I went out to buy food and I knew that Nazareno was going, so I stopped,” said Marbella Hernández, a 70-year-old retired lawyer, aware of the risk of exposing herself.
Venezuela faces a second wave of the covid-19, which the authorities describe as “more virulent” and link to the presence of Brazilian variants in the country. On Monday, Venezuela recorded a record daily number of 1,288.
The number of contagions reached 159,149 on Tuesday, with more than 1,500 deaths, although these figures are questioned by the opposition and by NGOs that they consider to be highly underestimated.
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