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Paraguay archbishop to UN: stop pushing abortion, gay marriage

Feb 26, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- Archbishop Edmundo Valenzeula of Asuncion, Paraguay is demanding that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon – who is visiting the country this week – ensure that the United Nations does not promote abortion, euthanasia and “gay marriage” in Paraguay.

Three year-old Brazilian boy with cancer 'celebrates Mass,' wants to be Pope

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:24 pm .- Rafael Freitas is a three-year-old boy in Brazil who loves to pretend to celebrate Mass. He says he wants to be Pope someday.

Killed by terrorists, named a martyr: the life of Fr. Alessandro Dordi

Feb 6, 2015 - 05:07 pm .- On Feb. 3, Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Father Alessandro Dordi, an Italian priest whose work of evangelization with the poor cost him his life at the hands of a Communist terror group in Peru.

Who are the two Polish priests martyred in Peru?

Feb 5, 2015 - 02:54 am .- Two Polish priest killed by a Communist group in Peru were among those recognized as martyrs by Pope Francis on Feb. 3.

Panama's first cardinal: I'm astonished at my appointment

Jan 20, 2015 - 04:33 pm .- Among the new cardinals Pope Francis will create in the February consistory is Bishop Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan of the Diocese of David, Panama, who will become the first cardinal from that country.

Venezuelan bishops condemn imposition of socialism

Jan 13, 2015 - 01:09 pm .- The Venezuelan bishops conference issued a pastoral exhortation on Monday calling on authorities and citizens alike to an ethical and spiritual renewal in order to come out of the current economic and social crisis facing the nation.

Availability and obedience: the intentions of Uruguay's new cardinal

Jan 13, 2015 - 11:05 am .- Archbishop Daniel Sturla Berhouet of Montevideo, one of the 20 men to be made a cardinal at next month's consistory, has said his response to the appointment is one of both availability and obedience to the Pope.

Haiti's hope is in its people five years after quake

Jan 12, 2015 - 07:15 pm .- Five years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated St. Francois de Sales Hospital in the heart of Port-au-Prince.    Now, the more than 100-year-old hospital is preparing to reopen its doors for the first time since the disaster – thanks, in part, to the work of Catholic Relief Services.   

Chilean legislators vote to strip priest of honorary nationality

Jan 9, 2015 - 03:35 pm .- The House of Representatives in Chile has passed a resolution stripping Father John O'Reilly, of the Legion of Christ of his honorary Chilean nationality by a vote of 96-5 after he was sentenced to four years of house arrest for sexual abuse.

Head of drug war-torn Mexican diocese to become a cardinal

Jan 9, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis announced Jan. 4 that among the 20 men who will be named cardinals at the next consistory is Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia, who has worked for peace amid the ongoing drug war in Mexico.

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.

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