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Pastor laments vandalism at Buenos Aires parish

Oct 3, 2013 - 12:56 am .- Father Francisco Baigorria, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Buenos Aires, has expressed sadness and concern over the Sept. 25 desecration of his church, reportedly by students from a near-by high school.

Cuban bishops call for political reform, open US policy

Sep 18, 2013 - 04:11 am .- In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should begin political reform and the U.S. should adopt “an inclusive policy” towards their country.

Brother of murdered man cites faith, forgives killer

Sep 18, 2013 - 02:03 am .- Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public forgiveness to the man who murdered his brother.

Canadian charter sparks fears over religious freedom threats

Sep 15, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- A government announcement of a Charter of Quebec Values defining the Canadian province as a secular state presents a grave concern for religious liberty, a religious freedom scholar says.

Haiti children's home to open in honor of Argentine priest

Sep 14, 2013 - 06:06 am .- A rehabilitation clinic for the handicapped in Port-au-Prince will soon be opened in honor of Father Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, an Argentinean priest who will be beatified Sept.14.

Chilean lawmakers establish day for unborn children

Sep 11, 2013 - 12:01 pm .- By a vote of 59-27, the Chilean House of Representatives has approved a law establishing March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.

Church in Colombia convenes national peace pilgrimage

Sep 9, 2013 - 04:06 pm .- The Colombian bishops are inviting the faithful of their country to take part in a pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation during the national Week for Peace this month.

Dominican Republic bishops call for purification after nuncio scandal

Sep 6, 2013 - 04:14 pm .- The bishops of the Dominican Republic have voiced support for the investigation launched into accusations of sexual misconduct against the former nuncio to the country, Archbishop Józef Wesolowski. 

Argentine bishop: weak faith life has caused marriage crisis

Sep 5, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- Archbishop Andres Stanovnik of Corrientes has said Argentines need to return to living their faith, because a weak faith life has led to a crisis in marriage and to a lack of respect for human life.

New Vatican Secretary of State was 'messenger of peace'

Sep 3, 2013 - 12:18 pm .- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the new Vatican Secretary of State, is being praised by a Venezuelan cardinal as a “messenger of peace” for his former efforts at dialogue in the South American country.

Mexican bishops praise 'invaluable' contributions of seniors

Aug 30, 2013 - 02:02 am .- The leadership of the bishops’ conference of Mexico has praised senior citizens for their “invaluable contribution to the family and to society,” criticizing negative views of the aged.

Forty-five WYD participants seek refugee status in Brazil

Aug 27, 2013 - 04:25 pm .- Citing religious oppression in their home countries, 45 young people who took part in World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have asked the country for refugee status.

Pope Francis thanks Rio governor for warm welcome at WYD

Aug 26, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has received a letter from Pope Francis offering thanks for the city’s hospitality during his visit in July for World Youth Day.

Bishop: Abortion-supporting stance should bar lawmakers from Eucharist

Aug 22, 2013 - 03:40 pm .- The adjunct secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Archbishop José Fuentes, said that government officials who support abortion should not receive Holy Communion.

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Aug 16, 2013 - 12:12 pm .- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood.

Ecuador president apologizes for profanation of hospital chapel

Aug 14, 2013 - 04:30 pm .- President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has apologized to Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini of Portoviejo for the profanation of a chapel at the Verdi Cevallos Hospital last Friday.

Colombia to host 2014 World Congress on Divine Mercy

Aug 12, 2013 - 02:29 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has announced that the capital city of Bogota will be the site of the third World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy, to be held Aug. 15-19, 2014.

Anti-Catholic Facebook pages worry Latino communities

Aug 11, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- Facebook's continued tolerance for obscene anti-Catholic pages in Spanish are causing some users to question the site's policies – and whether they should keep using the social network.

Argentina Down Syndrome test could cause abortion increase

Aug 9, 2013 - 12:16 pm .- The pro-life group ArgentinosAlerta has warned that a new test to detect Down Syndrome in unborn children after nine weeks of pregnancy could lead to an increase in abortions in the country.

US asks for investigation into Cuban dissident's death

Aug 8, 2013 - 04:32 pm .- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has called for an investigation into the death of the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, who died in Cuba last year.

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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