Americas News

The Vatican flag and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

The last diplomat from the Vatican leaves Nicaragua

Mar 20, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

The chargé d'affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Nicaragua, Monsignor Marcel Diouf, left the Central American country March 17. Read more

Triplets María Gorete dos Santos, María de Lourdes dos Santos, and María Aparecida dos Santos, 57, are all nuns belonging to the Franciscan Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Called by God from childhood, triplets from Brazil belong to the same religious order

Mar 16, 2023

By CNA Staff

María Gorete dos Santos, María de Lourdes dos Santos, and María Aparecida dos Santos, 57, belong to the Franciscan Congregation... Read more

Fire in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel belonging to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the village of Selva Oscura, Chile, March 13, 2023.

Church in Chile says ‘no to the violence’ following arson attack by indigenous militants

Mar 15, 2023

By CNA Staff

The statement from the Diocese of Temuco came after a March 13 fire destroyed the Sacred Heart of Jesus chapel... Read more

Young pro-life people paint a mural with messages opposing surrogate motherhood in Mexico.

Pro-lifers in Mexico call for ban on surrogate motherhood

Mar 14, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

The Steps for Life platform in Mexico called for legislation against surrogate motherhood, known in Spanish as “rent-a-womb.” Read more

Sister María del Carmen, a Mexican Combonian missionary who served in Sudan.

Mexican religious sister tells how Christians live in Sudan, a Muslim-majority country

Mar 14, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Sister María del Carmen Galicia stressed that “peaceful coexistence” is possible between the followers of Islam and Christianity. Read more

The faithful in Nicaragua participate in a pilgrimage in support of the bishops, July 28, 2018.

Report: Nicaragua to close Vatican embassy in Managua, Nicaraguan embassy to Holy See

Mar 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The request to close the two embassies follows just days after Pope Francis likened Nicaragua’s Sandinista government to Nazi Germany. Read more

Feminist groups attacked the metropolitan cathedral in Mexico on March 8, 2023.

Feminists in Latin America attack Catholic churches on International Women’s Day

Mar 10, 2023

By Abel Camasca

Some feminist groups used International Women’s Day to vandalize Catholic churches and public buildings in Latin American countries. Read more

Damage to the neighborhood near the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Aleppo, Syria

Priest laments that economic sanctions are preventing post-war recovery and reconstruction in Syria

Mar 9, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

"The economic blockade is causing great suffering today," said Father Hugo Alaniz, an Argentine missionary of the Institute of the... Read more

President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua

Ortega shuts down Catholic aid organization Caritas Nicaragua

Mar 9, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The charity provided food for the country’s poorest people, donations of crutches and prostheses, delivered medicines at low cost, among... Read more

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Dictatorship in Nicaragua dissolves John Paul II Catholic University

Mar 9, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a new blow to the Church in Nicaragua, the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega has ordered the legal status of... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Whereabouts of imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop are unknown

Mar 8, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

“We know that no one who is in the conditions which the bishop is in can be well,” Nicaraguan lawyer... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

UN calls on Nicaragua to free Bishop Álvarez and other political prisoners

Mar 7, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Nicaraguan dictatorship to release Bishop... Read more

Cathedral of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Mexican bishops condemn police pursuit, violent arrest of migrants on cathedral grounds

Mar 6, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Ciudad Juárez Cathedral has long been one of the places where migrants are received, as the city sits on... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Aid to the Church in Need ‘greatly concerned’ about Nicaraguan bishop sentenced to prison

Mar 3, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need expressed its concern for the situation of the Church in Nicaragua... Read more

Father Antoine Macaire Christian Noah escaped from his kidnappers in Haiti, February 2023.

‘God really intervened’: How a Catholic priest escaped from his kidnappers in Haiti

Mar 3, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Father Antoine Macaire Christian Noah, a Claretian priest from Cameroon, escaped unharmed from a crime gang that had kidnapped him... Read more

Thousands of people demonstrated in front of the Congress of the Union, Mexico’s federal legislature, demanding that lawmakers draft and pass laws protecting the true rights of Mexican women and children.

Thousands in Mexico march in defense of the family and children

Mar 2, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Thousands demonstrated in front of Mexico’s federal legislature earlier this week demanding that lawmakers protect the true rights of Mexican... Read more

Faithful pray at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Mexican bishops respond to data showing increasingly fewer Catholics in their country

Mar 2, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

One of the challenges facing the bishops of the Catholic Church in Mexico is the decrease in the number of... Read more

The Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua announced Feb. 27, 2023, that they are leaving Nicaragua for Panama.

Order of cloistered nuns leaves Nicaragua after 22 years

Mar 1, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a Feb. 27 post on their Facebook page, the nuns explained: “We, the Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua, have voluntarily... Read more

Pope Francis attended a Vatican screening of the 2022 documentary “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” on Feb. 24, 2023.

Argentina: New book gives Pope Francis’ responses to issues he’s most often asked about

Feb 28, 2023

By CNA Staff

The book reviews the almost 10 years of Francis’ pontificate based on conversations that Argentine and Italian journalists had with... Read more

The Way of the Cross in a parish of the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua bans Stations of the Cross in the streets

Feb 28, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Nicaraguan dictatorship has prohibited holding the Stations of the Cross in the streets the same week Ortega accused the... Read more