In their press release about the parish event, the bishops said that all the intentions of the day would be “be placed in the hands of the Lord for the common good of the inhabitants of this country,” and pointed to the bicentennial commemoration as “as a sign of hope for Venezuela.”
The bishops’ conference also issued a message to the nation’s faithful to commemorate the battle.
The historical event, they said, “marked a before and after in the history of this country, representing the liberation and independence of Venezuela from the Spanish yoke, with a battalion commanded by the liberator Simón Bolívar, who together with men and women gave everything for a free and happy nation.” Jesus the Good Shepherd parish wished to highlight and value this, “and show that only by the hand of God will everything be possible.”
In commemorating the Battle of Carabobo, the bishops’ conference called on all the churches in the country to ring their bells, celebrate Mass and renew the consecration of the country to the Blessed Sacrament.
The bicentennial “is an opportune moment to give thanks to the one and only God of life and love for his loving presence in Venezuela,” the bishops said.
They also stressed that “the dark storm clouds that hang over the country and the consequences of bad political practices in recent years bring out the urgent need to ‘re-found the nation.’”