Latin America

Jackie McVicar September 25, 2020
Over the past two years, 31 people from the municipality of Tocoa, on the lush north shore of Honduras, have faced criminal prosecution as a result of their opposition to an iron ore mining project in the Botaderos Mount “Carlos Escaleras” National Park.
Gen. Manoel de Barros, commander of the Brazil's Humanitarian Logistics Task Force and operational coordinator of Operation Welcome, which aims at offering support to Venezuelan immigrants, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Boa Vista, Brazil, Sept.18, 2020. (CNS photo/Bruno Mancinelle, IOM/Pool via Reuters)
Pompeo visited sites aiding the Venezuelans in northern-most Roraima state, where many refugees have landed. Since 2015, more than 260,000 Venezuelans have crossed the border into Brazil.
A file photo shows Salvadorans gathering during a candlelight service in San Salvador to commemorate the 1989 killing of six Jesuits and two women during El Salvador's civil war. (CNS photo/Luis Galdamez, Reuters)
Manuel Acosta September 11, 2020
Spain's sentencing of a former Salvadoran colonel for the murder of five Jesuit priests means the truth has surfaced, writes Father Manuel Acosta from San Salvador, but a rotten judicial system still causes pain.
A court in Spain on Friday sentenced a former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of six Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago.
The fight against poverty and social inequalities, as well as harsh criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic dictated this year's Cry of the Excluded protests.
In Bogota, Columbia, a priest who was unable to celebrate Mass in his parish accepted a company's invitation to conduct "a drive-in Mass" at an old racetrack.