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Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

Dec 8, 2014 - 08:54 am .- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession.

Drug overdose kills 35 inmates, Venezuelan bishops demand investigation

Dec 1, 2014 - 11:10 am .- The bishops of Venezuela are calling for a government investigation into the deaths of 35 inmates who raided a prison infirmary and died of overdose and intoxication, urging prayer for the deceased and their families.

No more death or violence – Mexican bishops say 'enough is enough'

Nov 14, 2014 - 12:08 am .- In the wake of the September disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, the country’s bishops pled on Wednesday for an end to the incessant violence entrenching the nation, and called on citizens to help build a society rooted in justice.

Beatification cause opened for Brazil's 'Surfer Angel'

Nov 12, 2014 - 01:24 pm .- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.”

Argentina lawmakers rebuked over abortion push for minors

Nov 5, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Pro-life organizations in Argentina are denouncing a proposal that would allow “free and legal abortion on demand,” for children as young as 14 years-old.

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Oct 23, 2014 - 09:57 am .- The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act.

Priests in favor of 'gay marriage' spark controversy in Chile

Oct 14, 2014 - 10:48 pm .- The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican.  

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:58 pm .- A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life.  

Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

Sep 29, 2014 - 02:58 pm .- On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media attention for suggesting that some of those who have been divorced and remarried should be permitted to receive Communion.  

Paraguayan bishop obedient, but has grievance over removal

Sep 26, 2014 - 03:44 pm .- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal.

Pope removes Paraguayan bishop from governance of diocese

Sep 25, 2014 - 10:25 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday removed Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano from governance of the Diocese of of Cuidad del Este, in eastern Paraguay, following an apostolic visitation of the diocese which took place in July.  

Cuban Church to focus on evangelization in new pastoral plan

Sep 16, 2014 - 03:40 pm .- The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.  

Francis' letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary's joy, haste, perseverance

Sep 7, 2014 - 10:00 pm .- Marking the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to remain steadfast in their devotion to the Virgin Mary.

Venezuelan cardinal: praying the 'Our Chavez' is idolatrous

Sep 3, 2014 - 03:16 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas demanded Wednesday that the Our Father be respected, after the Venezuelan government presented a prayer to the country's late president, Hugo Chavez, which is a parody of the Lord's Prayer.

Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

Aug 27, 2014 - 12:42 am .- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a “quick solution.”  

'American dream' ends in deportation for Honduran moms

Aug 6, 2014 - 05:08 pm .- Angelica Galvez set off this summer on a grueling, one-month journey to the U.S. – fleeing economic hardship in violence-ridden Honduras and seeking a better life for her six-year-old daughter.

Peruvian abortion law prompts call for prayer, fasting

Aug 6, 2014 - 02:08 pm .- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes in Peru is calling on the faithful to pray and fast, asking God for the reversal of the nation’s new law allowing some abortions.

Child migrant surge originates in traffickers' lies, bishop says

Aug 5, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A Central American bishop has said the recent wave of migrants to the U.S., which has included many unaccompanied minors, has been shaped in large part by “false illusions” created by organized criminals and traffickers.

Brazil Catholic community leads surging charismatic renewal

Aug 4, 2014 - 08:03 pm .- As a steadily growing movement in the Catholic Church, the Charismatic Renewal includes an estimated 160 million of the world's roughly 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Cuidad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until they have reached conclusions about their investigation.

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December 17, 2014

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