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Catholic Voices begins in Venezuela …. and seeds are sown in Trinidad
CV co-founder Jack Valero was in Caracas, Venezuela, recently to begin the training of a new Catholic Voices group due launch in April with the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
The project in Venezuela begun last summer when people interested in joining were invited to apply. Following interviews in October, a dozen speakers were chosen in late November, aged between 18 and 50. The team includes a lawyer, an architect, business people, an accountant, a psychologist and several students.
The course included the Catholic Voices reframing methods, including exercises, and mock radio and TV interviews with professional interviewers from Venezuelan radio and TV. Topics included the role of the Church in political life, marriage, abortion and the forthcoming canonisations.
There are two more weekends, to be held in February and March, before the speakers are ready to launch.
On his way to Caracas, Valero stopped for a few days in Trinidad and Tobago where he was able to give some presentations about the project, talk about the project on Trinity TV, meet the Archbishop and also the President of Trinidad and Tobago (see photo). There is considerable interest in setting up a local Catholic Voices project in Trinidad some time in the next few months.