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Exiled priest explains why pope did not use strong words about persecution in Nicaragua

Sep 1, 2022 / 12:33 pm

A Nicaraguan priest living in the United States said that if Pope Francis in his Aug. 21 Sunday Angelus had used stronger words in speaking about Nicaragua, the dictatorship “would have stormed the churches that same Sunday.”

Bishop: Those who closed Colombia airport chapel will ‘have to give an account to God’

Sep 1, 2022 / 09:00 am

The private company that manages El Dorado International Airport announced Aug. 26 the closure of the Catholic chapel and its conversion into a “space for neutral reflection” for all religions.

The congregation in honor of St. Rose of Lima where all the sisters are named Rose

Aug 30, 2022 / 14:00 pm

After the miracles in Italy worked through the intercession of St. Rose of Lima and her canonization in 1671, a congregation of Dominican nuns was established in Italy in honor of the saint.

Religious stand in solidarity with those arrested during repression of protests in Cuba

Aug 30, 2022 / 11:00 am

The Cuban Conference of Religious Men and Women posted a message of solidarity with the hundreds of citizens persecuted or arrested by the Cuban dictatorship during protests last week.

Colombian authorities dismantle Catholic chapel at airport, sparking controversy

Aug 30, 2022 / 08:00 am

The El Dorado International Airport announced Aug. 26 that the space used as a Catholic chapel will be modified and adapted “as a space for worship and neutral reflection.”

One new cardinal did not attend the consistory due to heart problems — Here is what Pope Francis said:

Aug 27, 2022 / 13:46 pm

Francis asked for prayers for the African prelate, explaining Baawobr had been taken ill.

New cardinals and Pope Francis pay visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Aug 27, 2022 / 12:55 pm

Pope Francis joined 19 of the Church’s 20 newly installed cardinals Saturday in a visit with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence.

St. John Paul II’s ‘dark night’ in Nicaragua

Aug 27, 2022 / 04:00 am

When then Pope John Paul II’s plane landed in Nicaragua on March 4, 1983, the authorities were waiting, including Daniel Ortega, who with his wife, Rosario Murillo, now lead the country’s current dictatorship.

More than 33,000 signatures presented to Mexican authorities demanding justice for slain priests

Aug 26, 2022 / 16:00 pm

The Mexican platform Actívate (Get Active) on Aug. 24 delivered the signatures to the Ministry of the Interior and the federal attorney general’s office, demanding justice for two Jesuit priests who were murdered in June.

Court rules Church in Costa Rica must pay $100,000 compensation to sex-abuse victim

Aug 25, 2022 / 14:10 pm

A lower court ruled Aug. 23 that the Church must pay the compensation to a victim of sexual abuse committed by a former priest. The judgment will be appealed.

El Chipote: The torture prison where the Nicaraguan dictatorship is holding priests

Aug 25, 2022 / 06:00 am

El Nuevo Chipote, or simply El Chipote, opened in February 2019 to replace the old prison of the same name and soon became known as a torture prison.

Report: Patriarch Kirill will not meet Pope Francis in Kazakhstan

Aug 25, 2022 / 05:37 am

It was hoped the two religious leaders would meet to discuss a peaceful resolution to the six-month-long war in Ukraine.

Ortega regime shuts down another Catholic radio station in Nicaragua

Aug 24, 2022 / 17:40 pm

Radio Stereo Fe of the Diocese of Estelí lamented Aug. 24 that “almost 28 years of radio evangelization on FM have ended today.”

Former Vatican spokesman: Benedict XVI is ready to meet the Lord

Aug 24, 2022 / 14:00 pm

Father Federico Lombardi said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is ready for “the definitive encounter” with God.

Father Martin apologizes for ‘not being clearer’ about Archbishop Weakland’s ‘sins and crimes’

Aug 23, 2022 / 16:30 pm

Father James Martin, SJ, said he was sorry Tuesday for not having been clearer about the “sins and crimes” of Archbishop Rembert Weakland, in an earlier tweet noting the death of the Benedictine and retired prelate.

Priests confront dictatorship in Nicaragua: ‘Let us work in peace!’

Aug 23, 2022 / 15:36 pm

The priests of the Diocese of Estelí in Nicaragua called on the authorities of the dictatorial regime of Daniel Ortega to convert and to release their apostolic administrator and bishop of Matagalpa, Rolando José Álvarez Lagos.

Faithful hold Marian procession in Nicaragua despite repression and persecution

Aug 23, 2022 / 14:00 pm

Hundreds of faithful Catholics and the clergy of the Diocese of León, Nicaragua, took part in the annual procession of the image of Our Lady of Mercy, the patroness of the diocese.

Catholic Church in Argentina opposes legalization of euthanasia

Aug 22, 2022 / 14:21 pm

There are currently four bills being considered in Argentina’s Congress to legalize euthanasia.

Four religious sisters kidnapped in Nigeria

Aug 21, 2022 / 13:50 pm

The Sisters of Jesus the Saviour announced that four of their Sisters were kidnapped in Nigeria’s Imo state on Sunday.

Archbishop condemns attacks by organized crime in US-Mexico border area

Aug 16, 2022 / 17:00 pm

Francisco Moreno Barrón, the archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico, condemned the 20 attacks carried out in several towns in the state of Baja California on Aug. 12.