Blanca Ruiz

Blanca Ruiz

Spain correspondent for ACI Prensa ( / ACI Group. She has a degree in Journalism and specialized in Social and Religious Information. Blanca spent 4 years in Rome covering information from the Vatican and major events, such as the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Articles by Blanca Ruiz

Church in Spain again asks forgiveness for sexual abuse

Apr 25, 2022 / 15:55 pm

During his address opening the Spanish Bishops’ Conference’s Plenary Assembly on Monday, Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona expressed his pain over the sexual abuse committed by members of the Church and his desire to clarify what happened.

Thousands march for life in Madrid

Mar 28, 2022 / 15:00 pm

Thousands of people participated in the March for Life held Sunday in Madrid. The march terminated at the Plaza de Cibeles, where a stage was set up for the main event.

Spanish university publishes independent report on sex abuse victims in Navarra

Feb 14, 2022 / 15:00 pm

The Public University of Navarra has published an independent report in which it identified 52 victims of sexual abuse committed in Catholic schools and institutions in the province since 1948.

Spanish legislature may create commission to investigate sex abuse in Church

Feb 4, 2022 / 10:39 am

Spain’s lower house, the Congress of Deputies, agreed Feb. 1 to debate the creation of a commission to investigate sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic Church.

Shouting man removed from General Audience by Vatican police, Swiss Guards

Feb 2, 2022 / 13:50 pm

The Vatican gendarmerie and the Swiss Guard removed from the Paul VI audience hall on Wednesday a man between 40 and 50 years old who, visibly upset, interrupted Pope Francis' General Audience by shouting.

Sixteen martyrs of the Spanish Civil War to be beatified in Granada

Dec 1, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The beatification ceremony for sixteen martyrs of the Spanish Civil War will be held in February at the Granada Cathedral. 

Spanish bill that would criminalize prayer near abortion clinics called a 'danger to democracy'

Nov 11, 2021 / 16:00 pm

An international 40 Days for Life director has said a bill proposed by the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party that would criminalize “harassment” of women entering abortion clinics is a “threat to democracy.”

Beatification of 127 Spanish Civil War martyrs in Córdoba shows 'profound spiritual wealth'

Oct 25, 2021 / 17:06 pm

Fr. Juan Elías Medina and 126 companions, who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War, were beatified this month in Córdoba.

Toledo archbishop asks forgiveness for 'negligence' after filming of music video in cathedral

Oct 18, 2021 / 16:19 pm

Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo carried out a penitential act Sunday at the city’s cathedral, after the filming of a music video which includes sensual dance scenes within the church.

Spain's lower house advances bill that would criminalize pro-life witness near abortion clinics

Sep 22, 2021 / 17:00 pm

The lower house of Spain's legislature voted Tuesday to take up consideration of a bill proposed by the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party that would criminalize “harassment” of women entering abortion clinics.

Diocesan administrator: Spanish bishop's resignation 'perplexing', but his person must be respected

Sep 21, 2021 / 14:10 pm

The apostolic administrator of Solsona, Bishop Romà Casanova Casanova of Vic, has addressed in his weekly letter the “anomalous” situation following the resignation of Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà as Bishop of Solsona.

Spanish bishop reportedly living with erotic novel author

Sep 8, 2021 / 17:01 pm

It has been widely reported that Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, who resigned as Bishop of Solsona last month, did so to cohabit with a divorcee. 

Valencia archdiocese celebrates Jubilee Year of the Holy Chalice 

Aug 24, 2021 / 19:19 pm

The Archdiocese of Valencia conserves the relic of the Holy Chalice, believed to be that used by Christ at the Last Supper. Every five years a Jubilee Year of the Holy Chalice is celebrated to promote Eucharistic adoration.

Spanish parish collects medicine to send to Cuba

Aug 17, 2021 / 14:39 pm

A parish in metropolitan Valencia is preparing shipments of medicine to Cuba thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people who want to help alleviate the severe shortage on the Caribbean island.

Spanish diocese provides shelter for those evacuated due to fire

Aug 16, 2021 / 18:25 pm

The Diocese of Avila is providing shelter at its retreat house and school for local residents evacuated due to a fire that started Saturday and so far has devastated more than 29,000 acres.

Spanish Supreme Court rules divorced-and-remarried religion teacher must be reinstated 

Aug 2, 2021 / 16:23 pm

Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a religion teacher whose declaration of suitability to teach religion was withdrawn by the Archdiocese of Valladolid because her life “was not in accordance with the postulates of Christian life” must be reinstated.

Former Protestant takes final vows as cloistered nun in Spain

Jul 8, 2021 / 11:50 am

Sister Evelyn of the Child Jesus took her final vows as a cloistered Dominican nun at the Santo Domingo el Real monastery in Segovia, the community’s first vocation in almost 30 years.

Spokesperson for Spanish bishops laments approval of trans law

Jun 30, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Following the approval of the so-called “Trans Law” by Spain’s Council of Ministers, Luis Argüello, the spokesman for the Spanish Bishops’ Conference and auxiliary bishop of Valladolid, said that this law "transforms feelings into a legal category and enthrones the will to do whatever one wants without any limits.”

Massive pro-life demonstrations to be organized in Spain

Jun 29, 2021 / 19:01 pm

The Assembly of Associations for Life, Freedom and Dignity, consisting of more than 140 civil society organizations in Spain, met on June 22 and announced massive demonstrations against pro-abortion and euthanasia laws of the current government, which was formed by a far-left coalition between the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and Podemos.

Priest ordained in Spanish diocese after almost 11 years without vocations

Jun 23, 2021 / 16:00 pm

On June 20, Bishop César Franco of the Diocese of Segovia, Spain, ordained Álvaro Marín Molinera to the priesthood - almost 11 years after the last priest was ordained for the small diocese.