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Children's lives worth more than pets, Chilean cardinal tells president

May 22, 2014 - 10:23 am .- Amid efforts to legalize abortion in Chile, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago reminded President Michelle Bachelet of the intrinsic value of all human life.

Condolences offered for death of 32 children in Colombian bus fire

May 19, 2014 - 05:38 pm .- Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogota, president of the Bishops' Conference of Colombia, offered his prayers and condolences for the families of 32 children who died in a bus that caught fire.

Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope's visit

May 16, 2014 - 01:28 pm .- A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26.

Canadian pro-life march shows growing movement

May 13, 2014 - 11:06 am .- Several thousand pro-life advocates rallied in Canada’s national capital May 8, seeking an end to abortion and giving witness to the growth of the pro-life movement across the country.

Pope creates cardinal commission to address Peruvian university

Apr 30, 2014 - 07:42 pm .- The Apostolic Nunciature in Peru announced that Pope Francis has created a Commission of Cardinals to find a solution to the case of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

JPII statue finds home in largest poor neighborhood in Chile

Apr 29, 2014 - 12:10 pm .- A statue of St. John Paul II donated by the University of San Sebastian in Chile has been moved to the Puente Alto neighborhood, five years after authorities refused to install it in a prominent area in the Chilean capital.

Poor Brazilian parish becomes first to take St. John Paul II's name

Apr 28, 2014 - 04:33 pm .- A small parish in the poor neighborhood of Alagados in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, has become the first in the world to be named after St. John Paul II, after the late pontiff’s canonization April 27.

Woman cured by John Paul II bringing suitcase of prayers to Rome

Apr 24, 2014 - 12:34 am .- Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II, is taking to the Vatican a suitcase filled with handwritten letters for Pope Francis.

Church will always proclaim life, Argentine archbishop says

Apr 23, 2014 - 12:38 am .- Archbishop Alfredo Zecca of Tucuman, Argentina, said the Church does not tire of proclaiming the Gospel of Life and of denouncing the culture of death that eliminates the most innocent and defenseless.

Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

Apr 17, 2014 - 03:06 pm .- After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.

Priest murdered in Nicaragua, report says

Apr 10, 2014 - 05:40 pm .- A priest who was counseling a married woman outside his parish rectory April 6 was allegedly killed by her husband, who then reportedly killed his wife and turned the gun on himself.

Venezuelan government invites Vatican to peace talks

Apr 10, 2014 - 12:24 pm .- Venezuela's foreign affairs minister, Elias Jaua, has sent a letter to the Vatican, inviting its participation in the National Peace Conference that has been convened by President Nicolas Maduro.

Argentine archbishop defends baptism of child with lesbian parents

Apr 7, 2014 - 04:44 pm .- Archbishop Carlos Nanez of Cordoba, Argentina, explained that the recent baptism of a baby who is being raised by her biological mother and the woman’s lesbian partner is not an endorsement of their lifestyle.

Brazil's bishops take responsibility for backing junta

Apr 5, 2014 - 07:01 am .- Brazil's bishops' conference has issued a declaration acknowledging that some of its members supported the authoritarian military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985.

Pope sends message of condolence after earthquake rocks Chile

Apr 3, 2014 - 05:06 pm .- Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, after the country was hit by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake on April 1, which reportedly killed six people and caused significant damage.

Colombian archbishop worried about disappearances of youth

Mar 26, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Archbishop Dario de Jesus Monsalve Mejia of Cali, Colombia, is lamenting the “scourge of violence” in the region that has led to the recent disappearance of five young people.

Chile's 'Day of the Unborn Child' to recognize pregnant mothers

Mar 25, 2014 - 04:03 am .- For the first time this year in Chile, March 25 will officially be celebrated as the Day of the Unborn Child, recognizing the need to protect and care for expectant mothers and their children.

Cardinal encourages Lenten prayers for Venezuela

Mar 18, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, called on the faithful to intensify their prayers during Lent for God to rid Venezuela of violence, as the death toll from recent protests continues to rise.

Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Mar 11, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis – to send the Pope messages marking the first year of his pontificate March 13.

Venezuela cardinal calls for peace amid escalating violence

Mar 11, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino of Caracas again urged peace amid increasing conflict in Venezuela, where at least 20 people have been killed in student protests over the past several weeks.

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