Recent developments in Venezuela have created a huge humanitarian crisis.
Thousands of Venezuelans, having with them the few who exist, leave their country and take refuge mainly in neighboring Colombia.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday rejected an "ultimatum" sent to him by many countries asking him to call elections within eight days, stressing that opposition leader Juan Guaido violated the country's constitution when he declared himself president.
Pope Francis today called for a "fair and peaceful solution" to the crisis in Venezuela, as the oil-producing country experiences a sudden climate of tension in recent days.
"In the face of the dire situation the country is going through, I ask the Lord to find a just and peaceful solution with respect for human rights, to overcome the crisis," the pope said during the celebration of World Youth Day in Panama.
"The Pope is closely monitoring the situation and how it is evolving in Venezuela. He prays for the victims and for all the people of the country. "He supports all efforts to help save the people from further suffering," said Alessandro Gizotti, a spokesman for the group.