The Venezuelan Sister

2017-06-01 L’Osservatore Romano

The very short video now famous world-wide is really beautiful. On a Saturday in April, in a Venezuela plagued by conflicts and protests, the silent march was taking place in Caracas. Suddenly a religious emerged from the procession. It was Sr Esperanza, who is 78: while the army was spraying tear-gas at the demonstrators, the religious approached a soldier of the National Guard. The steps of this slightly bowed small sister were unsteady, the two shopping bags she was carrying seemed to make her progress particularly difficult, and yet her gesture flashed out. “I know that you must obey orders. But we are all Venezuelans”, she told the soldiers.