"I follow closely what is happening in Venezuela. The accompanied with deep concern, with intense prayer and hoping they find and they are just and peaceful way to overcome serious difficulties when the country is going through. I invite the dear people of Venezuela, and in particular how institutional and policy makers to reject strongly any violence and establish a dialogue based on truth, mutual recognition and the common good and the love of nation.”
Soon after the Pope's statement, both President-elect Nicolas Maduro, and the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, thanked the Pope's words.
Declared winner Maduro sent out this message on Twitter:
"I agree Pope Francis. I am concerned about intolerance, hatred and violence that generated dead and wounded. With you, Pope, we invoke Christ the Redeemer and St. Francis of Assisi to, with your blessings, protect the people and make peace. Peace.”
Henrique Capriles, leader of the opposition party, said that he would only recognize Maduro's election after a recount. He also responded to the Pope through social networks.
"Millions of thanks to Pope Francis for his mention of our Venezuela and the search for solutions on the basis of truth.”
Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa thanked the Pope for prayers for Venezuela and stated that "the episcopal conference is willing to serve as a mediator to promote dialogue.”