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Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

May 23, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified just this weekend.

Oscar Romero, a 'father of the poor,' beatified in El Salvador

May 23, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador this morning, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.”

History versus caricature: 3 facts that show us the real Romero

May 22, 2015 - 11:21 am .- The beloved Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was beatified El Salvador this weekend amid both celebration and what one critic calls skewed media reporting on the martyr's life.

This little boy still can't talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

May 22, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive.

After theft, Argentines donate prized possessions, wedding rings for new monstrance

May 13, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina.

Argentine family asks for help arriving at World Meeting of Families

May 8, 2015 - 09:39 am .- A family from Argentina who has left everything behind to travel 11,000 miles to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families is asking for monetary help in order to arrive at their destination.

God has not abandoned us, Chilean bishop says after volcano eruption

Apr 30, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- Facing devastation from the unexpected eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, Archbishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt, one of the areas at risk, reminded the faithful not to lose hope.

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings 'hope to our hearts'

Apr 29, 2015 - 09:31 am .- The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the island nation, said a local bishop.

'House of Waiting' for pregnant Peruvian women seeks to remodel

Apr 28, 2015 - 02:17 am .- Inside the cracking adobe walls of a small building in Haquira, Peru, an on-duty nurse and staff are busy providing care for local women during the late stages of their pregnancy.

Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba

Apr 15, 2015 - 12:42 am .- Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala.

More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:38 am .- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.”

Church in Cuba enters new era with thaw of US diplomatic relations

Mar 28, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- As the fifty year economic embargo and diplomatic isolation between the U.S. and Cuba comes to a close, the thaw of their historically icy relationship could have more than just social and cultural implications.

Archbishop Chomali: Pope Francis was confident in appointing Chilean bishop

Mar 27, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Both the Archbishop of Concepcion and the apostolic nuncio to Chile have maintained that Pope Francis understood all the facts in the case when he made a bishop appointment in the country earlier this year which has met with protests.

Peruvian march for life draws half a million

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:16 am .- More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion and speaking out in defense of life from conception to natural death.  

Protestors disrupt bishop's installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

Mar 24, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass.

Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

Mar 20, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint during a state-mandated religion and ethics class.

Automatic excommunication for bishop over illicit ordination

Mar 19, 2015 - 02:24 pm .- After having his previous excommunication lifted in 2009, Bishop Richard Williamson has again incurred the canonical penalty upon illicitly ordaining another priest as bishop on March 19.

Euthanasia supporters in Chile accused of exploiting sick teen

Mar 7, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- Proponents of a euthanasia bill in Chile are exploiting a sick young girl for political purposes, the girl’s father has charged.

Seven challenges for the Mexican Church and the family

Mar 4, 2015 - 02:03 am .- On the Day of the Family, celebrated in Mexico March 1, Cardinal Norberto Rivera laid out seven challenges the Church must face to help the family authentically be what every person truly needs.  

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.

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