40 Over 40

Monsignor Benito Bracamonte

by Dustin Plantholt Editor-in-Chief
January 31, 2024
Monsignor Benito Bracamonte

Monsignor Benito Adán Méndez Bracamonte’s story is one of profound dedication to the Catholic Church, marked by his enduring efforts to bring people together in a spirit of peace, love, and unity. Born in Mene Grande, Zulia, Venezuela, on December 3, 1962, his dedication to the church community has been unwavering, driven by a deep respect for its teachings and a passion for bridging cultural gaps.

His academic prowess, with doctorates in Theology, Philosophy, and Bioethics, along with additional studies at the Institute of High National Security Studies (IAESEN), reflects his commitment to intellectual and ethical leadership. This foundation has enabled him to reach out to diverse groups, promoting a message of harmony and understanding.

In various roles, including as the Military Ordinary Bishop of Venezuela and Vice President of the Priestly Council of the National Azzurro Institute, Monsignor Méndez has skillfully combined spiritual guidance with cultural sensitivity. His work in the Military Pastoral for Latin America and the Caribbean exemplifies his ability to adapt religious teachings to a multitude of cultural contexts.

Monsignor Benito’s fluency in Italian, French, Latin, and Biblical Greek has been instrumental in spreading his message across different societies, emphasizing the universality of his mission. The numerous recognitions he's received from military, academic, and religious organizations speak to the breadth of his influence.

Monsignor Benito's life, shaped by deep faith and a heart dedicated to giving, rightfully places him as an outstanding honoree in this year’s 40 over 40 recognition. His story stands as a reminder to the power of serving others in creating a world bound by compassion and mutual respect.


Dustin Plantholt


Dustin Plantholt, “The Count of Monte Crypto,” is Monaco Voice's Editor-in-Chief. He is highly regarded for his contributions and impact in the world of disruptive technologies and media. He is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has interviewed celebrities, won awards for NFT/Metaverse advisory, and is a highly sought-after panel moderator and global speaker. He has received from Forbes Monaco the prestigious  40 Under 40 award for his undisputed impact in innovating ideas and bringing people together, educating others about digital assets, and his commitment to excellence. 

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