Sunday, June 13

Who was José Gregorio Hernández, the “doctor of the poor” of Venezuela whom Pope Francis beatified


  • Guillermo D. Olmo (@BBCgolmo) *
  • BBC News Mundo Correspondent in Venezuela

José Gregorio Hernández was admired for his work as a scientist and doctor

Image source, Venezuelan Episcopal Conference

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José Gregorio Hernández was admired for his work as a scientist and doctor.

Many Venezuelans are called José Gregorio, and it is because of him.

He is known as “the doctor of the poor” and for decades his followers in Venezuela and Latin America eagerly awaited his beatification, which finally took place this Friday.

The ceremony was broadcast on the national radio and television network in Venezuela and was held at the Colegio La Salle Church in Caracas.

The beatification of the Venezuelan doctor, teacher and philanthropist José Gregorio Hernández was announced last year, when the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference confirmed that Pope Francis had given his approval.


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