Cody Weddle is a multimedia freelance journalist located in Caracas, Venezuela. Originally from rural southwest Virginia, he moved to Venezuela nearly three years ago. He previously worked as an anchor and correspondent for a Latin American international news channel and in local TV news in the United States. Weddle is a 2012 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he holds degrees in journalism and political science. Follow him on Twitter: @coweddle.

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Church aids tiny Colombian island's residents left homeless by hurricane

Iota marked the first recorded Category 5 storm ever to hit the island. The Colombian government estimates that the hurricane damaged 100% of structures, destroying eight of 10 of them.

Venezuelan bishops say Maduro government illegitimate, call for change

"We are living in a de facto regime," read a nine-point statement from the bishops released Jan. 9. "The attempt to begin a new presidential term on Jan. 10, 2019, is illegitimate in its origins, and it opens the door for the nonrecognition of the government."

Latin Americans: Capture spirit of '68 Medellin meeting, focus on youth

The Catholic Church in Latin America must return to the principles of a 1968 conference that shifted the church's emphasis toward the poor majority, said participants in a four-day meeting in Medellin, Colombia.

High demand, low resources: Nursing home endures Venezuela's economic crisis

The most dreaded part of Sr. Emilia Rivero's day comes each morning.

When she opens the door to the nursing home she runs in downtown Caracas, she almost always finds six to eight senior citizens, sometimes with their families, waiting outside, hoping she has space. Rivero usually has to turn them away.

"We can't take in anybody else because of the food situation. We have to give them three meals a day and we can't," she said.