Diego Lopez Marina

Diego Lopez Marina

Articles by Diego Lopez Marina

Spanish bishops: Report that only vaccinated priests may minister a prank

Jan 6, 2022 / 15:19 pm

The Spanish bishops conference has said that a news report indicating priests not vaccinated against COVID-19 would be barred from ministry was a hoax.

Bishop appointed for Spain's Diocese of Solsona

Jan 4, 2022 / 17:39 pm

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Bishop Francisco Simón Conesa Ferrer as Bishop of Solsona. The Spanish diocese had been vacated by the August 2021 resignation of its bishop, who has since attempted marriage.

Pro-life candidate defeated by pro-abortion rival Gabriel Boric in Chile's presidential election

Dec 20, 2021 / 12:00 pm

José Antonio Kast, a lawyer and pro-life Catholic politician, conceded defeat Dec. 19 to leftist candidate Gabriel Boric, a proponent of elective abortion, in Chile’s runoff presidential election.

Guatemala to be declared 'Ibero-American Pro-Life Capital'

Dec 16, 2021 / 16:03 pm

The Family Matters Association of Guatemala (AFI) welcomed the recent announcement by President Alejandro Giammattei that the country will be declared the “Ibero-American Pro-Life Capital” on March 9, 2022.

Congressman with alleged terrorism ties backs effort to decriminalize abortion in Peru

Dec 14, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A Peruvian congressman who is being investigated for ties to the Shining Path terrorist organization is supporting a new bill to decriminalize abortion in the country.

Cuban bishops back freedom of expression ahead of protests

Nov 12, 2021 / 15:01 pm

The Cuban bishops’ conference on Thursday indicated its support for the right of citizens to express themselves freely, without fear of intimidation and reprisals, shortly before marches protesting the island’s communist government planned for Nov. 15.

Cuban priests urge authorities not to repress planned protests

Nov 11, 2021 / 14:25 pm

A group of Cuban priests signed a letter addressed to the Cuban authorities Wednesday urging them not to use violence against marches protesting the island’s communist government planned for Nov. 15.

Bolivian lay council repudiates attacks on the Church, demands government restoration of order

Nov 3, 2021 / 16:19 pm

The president of the Jurisdictional Council of Laity of the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, Abdel Guzmán López, condemned the recent attacks on church buildings in the country and called on the authorities to restore order.

Bolivia's People's Ombudsman led march that attacked offices of bishops' conference

Oct 29, 2021 / 18:33 pm

Bolivia’s People’s Ombudsman, Nadia Cruz, together with officials from her office, led a Wednesday march to the offices of the Bolivian bishops’ conference, which some participants vandalized with anti-Catholic slogans.

Euthanization of non-terminally ill Colombian woman canceled

Oct 11, 2021 / 15:29 pm

The euthanization of a Martha Liria Sepúlveda Campo, a 51-year-old woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was cancelled, the Colombian Pain Institute (IPS Incodol) announced Saturday.

Cuban socialism has been a failure and the left must face up to it, priest says

Oct 5, 2021 / 16:19 pm

Fr. Alberto Reyes Pías, a priest of the Archdiocese of Camagüey, addressed Monday those who have leftist political preferences, asking them to recognize the failure of the socialist model that was imposed on Cuba 62 years ago.

Two months after Cuba protests, religious leaders continue to demand justice for detainees

Sep 14, 2021 / 15:19 pm

Two months after protests of Cuba’s communist government, the Cuban Conference of Men and Women Religious has denounced irregularities in the proceedings against those detained for demonstrating.

Peruvian priest threatened with letters containing bullets

Aug 24, 2021 / 16:42 pm

Fr. Omar Sánchez Portillo, secretary general of Cáritas Lurín, stated Monday that he has been the victim of death threats, several cyberattacks on his social media, and the theft of a debit card.

March against gender ideology in schools held in Puerto Rico

Aug 16, 2021 / 15:19 pm

Tens of thousands of people rallied Saturday outside the Puerto Rican capitol and marched through the streets to oppose the imposition of the “gender perspective curriculum” announced by the territory’s governor.

Latin American bishops ask help for migrants stranded in jungle on Panama-Colombia border

Aug 16, 2021 / 06:01 am

Three Latin American ecclesial organizations on Wednesday asked for help for the thousands of migrants on their way to the US who are stranded in the Darien Gap, a jungle region at the Panama-Colombia border.

Spanish bishop urges support for those tempted to suicide 

Aug 7, 2021 / 15:00 pm

As Spain records a high rate of suicide, a Bishop in the Basque Country on Wednesday urged that no effort be spared in addressing the crisis, “taking a stand for life.”

Cuban religious report detainees held without trial after protests

Aug 4, 2021 / 18:01 pm

The board of directors of the Cuban Conference of Men and Women Religious reported Tuesday that following the July 11 protests of the island’s communist government “there are still detainees awaiting trial, under investigation and others punished with very severe penalties."

Cuban priest decries summary trials of protesters without a defense lawyer

Aug 3, 2021 / 11:19 am

Participants in last month’s protests of Cuba’s communist government are facing summary trials without adequate legal aid, a Jesuit priest serving in Havana said last week.

US bishops and priests in the Cuban diaspora send video message back home

Jul 26, 2021 / 16:10 pm

In an eight-minute video, about 30 American bishops and priests of the Cuban diaspora sent their prayers and a message of support to protesters on the island. 

CRS warns of ‘hunger pandemic’ afflicting the elderly in Cuba

Jul 26, 2021 / 14:20 pm

The director of the Hispanic Development Unit of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Ana Gloria Rivas-Vásquez, called for Catholics around the world to help Cuba, especially its elderly, afflicted by what she calls a "hunger pandemic."