Latin America

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta speaks during a press conference accompanied in Santiago, Chile, June 12. He is accompanied by Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, right, an official of the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation. (CNS photo/Alberto Valdes, EPA) 
Archbishop Charles Scicluna said his mission to the country was a sign of Pope Francis’ closeness to the local church.
Kevin Clarke June 13, 2018
A decision to deny appeals for asylum in the United States based on claims of domestic abuse or gang violence has been deplored by Catholic leaders from coast to coast.
Pope Francis and 34 Chilean bishops met in May to discuss the clerical sexual abuse crisis in Chile. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Bishop Barros has been at the center of Chile's growing scandal ever since Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno in 2015 over the objections of the local faithful, his own sex abuse prevention advisers and some of Chile's other bishops.
An indigenous community members attends Pope Francis' meeting with people of the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on Jan. 19. A Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region in 2019 will address pastoral needs of a region with few priests for the number of Catholics. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 08, 2018
The preparatory document for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region invites input from the local churches in the nine countries of the Amazonian region.
At the Region VI Encuentro June 2-3 in Detroit, dioceses were asked to encourage priests and lay leaders to learn more about and provide space for Hispanic devotions and traditions.
Violence in Nicaragua has claimed about 100 lives since April 18.