Bishop Héctor Zordán said the damage inflicted was a criminal act motivated by the intent to “desecrate the sacred place and its contents, rather than theft.”
The Bolivian bishops questioned the procedures carried out “under the rationale ... to collect evidence” in cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors.
Félix Maradiaga’s visit is part of a strategy to consolidate international pressure against the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua.
Father Bernardo Mercado was interviewed recently by the special commission for the investigation of sexual abuse in ecclesial environments.
The prosecutor for Chuquisaca asked the Archdiocese of Cochabamba for the names of the Jesuit provincials during the years 1999, 2000, and 2001.
During the first four months of this year, 9,139 patients in the public system have died in Chile while waiting for a consultation with a medical specialist.
Thousands of people had to be evacuated due to the flooding of the Maule River from heavy rains that poured down on southern Chile.
One thousand students from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile set off July 14 for missions projects over their winter break.
Pope Francis has appointed a priest from the Buenos Aires Archdiocese, Father Daniel Pellizzon, 40, to act as his personal secretary.
The Bolivian attorney general’s office had received a copy of the diary from the Society of Jesus in Bolivia but charged that it contained “gaps.”
The personal diary of the Jesuit priest Alfonso “Pica” Pedrajas, who died in 2009, has been at the center of a sexual abuse scandal in Bolivia.
The area has been inundated with heavy rains, causing the Maule River to overflow with at least two deaths and almost 10,000 people evacuated.
The alleged event happened on the evening of June 9 after Mass and a blessing for healing.
Following a report that documented the serial sexual abuse committed in Bolivia by a Jesuit priest, new accusations have been made against other priests.
Bishop Eugenio Cóter, head of the Communication Commission of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference, said in a radio interview that optional celibacy could be a “helpful element” in preventing sexual abuse.
After nine years without priestly ordinations, the Diocese of Alto Valle de Río Negro in Argentina celebrated the ordination of Father Alexis Oser, 27.
An investigation by the newspaper El Pais revealed that Spanish Jesuit priest Alfonso Pedrajas Moreno sexually abused as many as 85 boys and adolescents.
Pilgrims came this past weekend to the village of Villa de la Quebrada in central Argentina to bring their intentions and fulfill their promises to Christ.
Police officers, officials, family members, and the faithful bid their last farewell to 1st Cpl. Daniel Rodrigo Palma Yáñez at a Mass in Rancagua, Chile.
Auxiliary Bishop Pedro Fuentes of La Paz, Bolivia, charged that ideologies are being imposed on Bolivian society, especially in education.