Suspected gang members are presented to the media in San Salvador, El Salvador, in November 2020. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
El Salvador’s contemporary death squads do not engage in political liquidation. Their targets have largely been criminal suspects or innocent bystanders caught up in the violence.
Guatemalans march during a protest demanding the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General María Consuelo Porra in San Cristobal Totonicapan July 29, 2021. (CNS photo/Luis Echeverria, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Eduardo Campos Lima
Guatemala’s historical social inequality has only worsened because of economic deterioration intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic and a political crisis created by President Giammattei’s increasing authoritarian tendencies.
Brazilian Sisters of Providence celebrate a novice’s final vow ceremony with a ‘selfie’ in September 2020. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence
Filipe Domingues
Besides taking up the challenge of exploring new frontiers of evangelization in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Brazilian women religious have also become evangelizers of the “old continent,” Europe, where female vocations have radically declined in recent decades.
A man wearing a protective mask walks by a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua March 30, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jan-Albert Hootsen
As Nicaragua prepares for a general election in November, Mr. Ortega has ramped up a broad repression of dissenting voices. Could the Catholic Church be his next target?
Screenshot of Pope Francis in video about Covid-19 vaccination
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service The Associated Press
The video insists that vaccines are safe, effective and an “act of love.” It features Pope Francis as well six cardinals and archbishops from North, Central and South America.
In this July 5, 2021, file photo, Alex Cortillo, from Honduras, gets a hug from Erika Valladares Ponce, also from Honduras, in Tijuana, Mexico, as he waits to cross into the United States to begin the asylum process. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Joan Rosenhauer
Continuing the Trump administration’s restrictions on asylum seekers is not necessary for public health, and it undermines our long history as a place of refuge.