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Nicaragua's cardinal-designate a shepherd of the poor

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:09 am .- Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, who will be made a cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, is said to personify the image of a humble shepherd of “a Church that is poor and for the poor.”

Colombian bishops emphasize family, poverty as elections approach

Feb 10, 2014 - 07:45 pm .- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia has released a voter's guide focused on life, family and poverty as the country prepares for upcoming congressional and presidential elections.

Removal of abortion drug-promoting blog is pro-life 'victory'

Feb 7, 2014 - 02:47 pm .- An international pro-life group has led a successful advocacy effort to remove a blog that had been promoting an illegal abortion drug in Peru.

Mexico Cathedral to receive John Paul II relic

Feb 4, 2014 - 06:27 pm .- The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the late pontiff.

Horror of the Holocaust must never be repeated, Pope writes

Jan 28, 2014 - 07:53 pm .- In a letter to his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Pope Francis wrote that the horror of the Holocaust must never be repeated.

Mexican bishops call for solution amid Michoacan violence

Jan 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm .- The Mexican bishops called on government leaders to find a comprehensive solution to the violence that is afflicting the country, especially in the drug-laden state of Michoacan.

Haiti encounters hope, challenges four years after devastation

Jan 16, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- Four years after a desolating earthquake affected millions in Haiti, Catholic Relief Services continues to help the nation move from recovery to addressing social concerns that pre-dated the catastrophe.

Argentine rabbi: Pope's visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Jan 16, 2014 - 04:05 pm .- Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land is a chance to bring a message of peace to the world.

Haiti's first cardinal-designate highlights nation's struggles

Jan 15, 2014 - 12:18 am .- The president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference voiced hope that his recent appointment to become a cardinal will raise the profile of the nation, which is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Argentine bishop offers prayers for lightning strike victims

Jan 13, 2014 - 12:22 pm .- Bishop Antonio Marino of Mar de Plata in Argentina has offered prayers for those killed or injured by a recent lightning strike at a beach club in the town of Villa Gesell in the province of Buenos Aires.

Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Dec 18, 2013 - 04:17 pm .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in the Mexican capital.

Puerto Rico layman could become second black saint from Americas

Dec 12, 2013 - 12:24 pm .- Pope Francis has approved the heroic virtues of Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina, a layman from Puerto Rico who dedicated his life to fighting racism and educating black children.

Thousands in Argentina celebrate Mary Undoer of Knots

Dec 10, 2013 - 04:34 pm .- Thousands of Argentineans gathered on Dec. 8 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enthroning of an image of Mary Undoer of Knots, a special favorite of Pope Francis.

Argentine congress recommends Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 2, 2013 - 03:55 pm .- Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria.

Project Rachel founder 'delighted' with new bishops' staff position

Nov 25, 2013 - 01:50 pm .- The founder of Project Rachel says she is extremely pleased by the U.S. bishops’ decision to create a full-time staff position to work with the post-abortion healing ministry.

US bishops' president: Pope calls us to 'see the person first'

Nov 22, 2013 - 04:24 am .- The new leader of the U.S. bishops said that Pope Francis is calling Catholics to follow Christ in the Gospels through a personal encounter with the most vulnerable in society.

Pope Francis sends golden rose to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Nov 22, 2013 - 02:10 am .- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, presented a golden rose from Pope Francis to Our Lady of Guadalupe, calling the rose a sign of love, gratitude and enthusiasm.

Church must foster encounter with culture, cardinals say

Nov 21, 2013 - 04:09 am .- Prominent Church leaders from the Americas encouraged the faithful to consider the intersection of faith and culture, so as to respond to radical and fundamental changes in society.

Greatest obstacles to evangelization are 'our own hearts'

Nov 19, 2013 - 04:06 am .- In the fight to eradicate material problems such as poverty and drugs, we must work to remove the spiritual obstacles in our own hearts, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

Rio archbishop calls for 'missionary disciples' in Americas

Nov 18, 2013 - 04:05 am .- The Church in the Americas will be strengthened only by faithful Catholics whose lives of witness flow from their relationship with Jesus, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has said.

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