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Pope Francis confirmed canonization of José Gregorio Hernández

From Isnotú Maduro showed a small group the video where the Supreme Pontiff confirmed from San Pedro Square that he signed the canonization of the Blessed

The first thing President Nicolás Maduro did upon arriving in Trujillo was to visit in Isnotú the house where José Gregorio Hernández, the baptized Doctor of the Poor, whose sanctification is in process, was born. 

At the “Coronel Antonio Nicolás Briceño” airport (San Rafael de Carvajal), he was received by Governor Gerardo Márquez, Deputy Pedro Carreño and military authorities. “There is the man,” commented residents of Trujillo who were waiting at the bars of the air terminal. 

From San Rafael de Carvajal, Maduro went to Isnotú to visit the birthplace of Dr. José Gregorio Hernández, which at that time (3:30 pm) was already surrounded by Chavistas, who received him with shouts, applause and “let's go Nico.” . Maduro greeted them with his arms in the air before entering the spiritual center. 

First he entered the initial chapel where there is a statue of the Doctor of the Poor adorned with a giant rosary and an inscription saying that José Gregorio Hernández was born there on October 26, 1864. 

When Maduro was walking towards the main temple of the sanctuary, they called him from the entrance door. “I'm coming, I'm coming,” he responded, and then returned to that gate where a girl hugged him and took a photo with Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores. Then he entered the chapel of the Child Jesus, bowed before the Blessed Sacrament and the priest guided him towards a display case with objects that belonged to José Gregorio Hernández, among them a black hat, a reliquary with one of his bones, remains of the urn where he was buried and the tablecloth that was used to deposit the doctor's remains in the exhumation on October 24, 1975, when they transferred him to the La Candelaria church, Caracas. 

In the Museum itself, Maduro stopped to read the 19 original recipes in the handwriting of doctor José Gregorio Hernández. “As a good doctor, it is difficult to understand the handwriting,” commented the President with his face glued to the documents collected on a large altarpiece. 

The priest-guide Mervin Óscar Fuentes was explaining the works of art. That's when they arrived at the bust of Pedro Celestino Sánchez, José Gregorio's teacher and who encouraged him in his vocation. 

In a central part of the Museum was José Gregorio's piano, stool and tapestry of the time. 

Maduro also stopped at the scene of the accident that extinguished Hernández's life, on June 29, 1929. “That day he went to church to thank God for another anniversary of his graduation. When he left, he treated a sick lady and went out to buy medicine and a car hit him, and within minutes he died at the José María Vargas hospital," said the priest, who showed the Head of State two original photos of the doctor's funeral that occurred on June 30. 1929. 

At the end of the tour, the President sent for his cell phone and summoned everyone present to watch a video. It was Pope Francis talking with a Venezuelan priest in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. “In Venezuela there is a mature people,” commented the Supreme Pontiff, who stated in that brief interaction that he had already signed the canonization of José Gregorio Hernández, a detail that the President Maduro had already launched in his program last Monday

The President closed the cell phone and the father put on the appropriate clothing to bless an image of José Gregorio that was presented to the Head of State. “We are protected Cilita,” he told her, showing her the small effigy. 

Upon leaving the Sanctuary, Maduro shook the hands of those who were on the street attached to the bars of the spiritual center. From there he went out into the street and a commotion ensued when he got on top of a rustic vehicle. “Long live Trujillo, long live the country,” he said, megaphone in hand and looking at the different points on the street where his followers were crowded. 

Already mounted in the Tiuna, driven by Diosdado Cabello, Maduro headed towards Betijoque where he delivered a Farmapatria in whose surroundings the Chavistas were stationed. The group was joined at that location by the President, who walked through the crowd the last block before reaching the pharmaceutical establishment. 

On his way back, Maduro stopped at four roadside hamlets, which are waiting for him in groups. 

In the late afternoon, the President arrived in Valera to inaugurate a CDI where the girl Daniela Fontana gave him a replica of Our Lady of La Paz "so that he can continue helping our country." Student Michel Delgado grabbed the microphone to greet the President on behalf of the Venezuelan Federation of Secondary Education Students. 

Already on his way back to the San Rafael de Carvajal airport, Maduro also stopped at several locations where supporters were waiting for him. The closing of the tour was near the airport where there was a stage. “The people of Venezuela are experiencing the rebirth of revolutionary hope,” Maduro expressed in front of the crowd that responded with “and where is Trujillo / Where is Trujillo / Trujillo is in the street / supporting Nicolás.” 

Excited, the president invited the people of Trujillo to go to Caracas on June 23 when the remains of Cristóbal Mendoza, the first civilian president that Venezuela had, were transferred to the National Pantheon. Before saying goodbye, Maduro ordered the Gallo Pinto song to be played to dance to and present himself as the exemplar who will fight the “nine patarucos” that the opposition is leading to the presidential elections on July 28. 

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