Latin America

A home visit in Paraná. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Diego Pelizzari.
Eduardo Campos Lima March 24, 2020
“As long as they remain in their territories, they can be somewhat safe. But their reservations must be closed to non-indigenous persons.”
Homeless communities throughout the country are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, church officials said.
Worshippers pray during a Mass in honor of of St. Cajetan, the patron saint of labor and bread, during feast day celebrations for the saint on Aug. 7, 2018, outside St. Cayetano Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (CNS photo/Marcos Brindicci, Reuters)
Eduardo Campos Lima March 09, 2020
The accelerated reduction in the size of the Catholic flock in Argentina confirmed an overall Latin American trend: Between 2008 and 2019, the proportion of Catholics in Argentina dropped from 77 percent to 63 percent.
The Archdiocese of Sao Paulo announced the creation of a commission to investigate allegations of sexual abuse linked to the Catholic Church.
Daniel Ortega flanks Pope John Paul II who wags his finger at culture minister and priest Ernesto Cardenal, during welcoming ceremonies at the airport in Managua, Nicaragua, in March 1983. (AP Photo/Barricada, File)
Robert Ellsberg March 04, 2020
Thomas Merton wrote an introduction to a lyrical book of reflections by Cardenal, Vida en Amor: “In a time of conflict, anxiety, war, cruelty, and confusion, the reader may be surprised that this book is a hymn in praise of love, telling us that ‘all things love one another.’”
Gerard O’Connell February 22, 2020
Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Grande and his two lay companions. This suggests that they may soon be beatified—that is, declared “blessed”—most likely in a ceremony in El Salvador later this year.