At the age of 88, Monsignor Tulio Manuel Chirivella passed away this Saturday, April 10, in Miami (United States), who served for 25 years as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Barquisimeto, in the state of Lara.
Monsignor Víctor Hugo Basabe, Apostolic Administrator, spoke about his death through a Communiqué sent to the local media this Sunday, April 11.
The aforementioned document revealed: “an event that occurred on April 10, 2021, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, in Miami, United States, where he lived with his family for some years, being treated there in his illness in addition to care typical of his advanced age ”.
Chirivella Varela, was a native of Aguirre, Carabobo state and on November 14, 2021, he would reach 89 years of age. He was ordained a priest at the age of 24 and in 1974, Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Margarita.
His responsibility in the Larense church began on October 18, 1982 when he was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Barquisimeto, until December 22, 2007, when he submitted his resignation to that position for reasons of age, and it was accepted. by Pope Benedict XVI.
He also served as chancellor in the Diocese of Valencia (Carabobo), associate judge of the Ecclesiastical Court and among other religious positions, he presided over the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) from July 1996 to July 1999.
In 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Maracaibo (Zulia) where he was until 2001.
The Communiqué on the death of Monsignor Chirivella closes, inviting all the parishes, vicars and parishioners of Lara to raise prayers and celebrate the Eucharist for the one who in life was “shepherd of this flock and that the seed of good that he planted Monsignor Basabe) may bear fruit and remain for generations ”.