Americas News

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, walks with other pilgrims to the Shrine of the Divine Child in July 2022.

Nicaraguan police place Catholic bishop, priests under house arrest

Aug 8, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The bishop, along with six priests and six lay people, have been surrounded by dozens of riot police since Aug.... Read more

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Pope Francis wishes ‘hope in the risen Christ’ to victims of Cuba oil fire, explosions

Aug 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Monday he is spiritually close to those hurt or killed in a fire at an oil facility... Read more

A framed photo of Larry Tutt stands in front of a basket holding red whistles reading "RIP Larry Tutt 2022" following a memorial Mass at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2022.

‘Good Morning Man’ remembered for dedicating life to others after ‘conversation with God’

Aug 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Larry Tutt, known to D.C. locals for spreading kindness on a street corner, was remembered at a Mass at the... Read more

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022.

Nicaragua’s Ortega regime blocks bishop from leaving diocesan offices to celebrate Mass

Aug 5, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

A video posted Aug. 4 on social media shows a group of riot police, with batons and shields, blocking the... Read more

Fire destroys St. Jean Baptiste parish in Morinville, June 30, 2021.

Don’t ignore Canada’s spike in anti-Catholic hate crimes, watchdog says

Aug 5, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholics in Canada suffered the largest spike in religion-based hate crimes last year, and government officials must take action in... Read more

A relative of a miner is seen near the coal mine where 10 miners were trapped Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, after a collapse in the Agujita community, Sabinas municipality, Coahuila state, Mexico.

Mexican bishops offer prayers for trapped miners

Aug 5, 2022

By David Ramos

Ten miners remain trapped in a coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila state, after a breach during an excavation caused flooding. Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, in a priestly ordination ceremony.

Archdiocese asks faithful to pray to Curé of Ars for priests in Nicaragua

Aug 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

On the feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, Aug. 4, the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua, called on the faithful... Read more

Pope Francis attends a closed-door meeting with Jesuits in Québec, Canada, July 29, 2022.

Pope Francis to Canada’s Jesuits: ‘When there is conflict the liturgy is always mistreated’

Aug 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told Jesuits in Canada about how his experience in Latin America formed his beliefs about synodality, liturgy, and... Read more

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Could priests in Mexico avoid being killed by wearing a cassock?

Aug 4, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Bishop Jesús González Hernández said wearing religious clothing could prevent Catholic priests from being victims of violence. Read more

St. Josemaria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei

Opus Dei in Argentina responds to accusations of exploiting women

Aug 3, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The BBC published an article Aug. 2 reporting that 43 women from Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia made a complaint against... Read more

Police arrive the night of Aug. 1 at Divine Mercy parish in the town of Sébaco in the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The parish broadcast live on Facebook the arrival of the police at the parish doors as well as their entry by force.

Ortega regime in Nicaragua violently shuts down Catholic radio stations

Aug 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

Nicaraguan police broke into Divine Mercy parish the night of Aug. 1 in the town of Sébaco in the Diocese... Read more

Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega of Guadalajara

Guadalajara archbishop: ‘Thorough investigation’ of alleged eucharistic miracle needed

Aug 2, 2022

By David Ramos

Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega recently spoke out about an alleged eucharistic miracle posted on social media. Read more

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Nuns help women escape human trafficking along Colombia-Venezuela border

Aug 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Adorer Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity in Cúcuta, Colombia, have helped some 4,000 women escape human-trafficking... Read more

Bishop Jesús González Hernández

Bishop tells Mexican people not to remain silent amid acts of violence

Aug 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

During a July 30 Mass in Chilpancingo’s town square, the bishop said that “those of us who can speak, must... Read more

Pope Francis reads during the Vespers service on July 28, 2022, at the Cathedral Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec in Québec, Canada.

‘Don't we have a place in the Church?’: Read pope’s response to Argentine priest on seminary's closure

Jul 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope's letter sheds light on the Vatican's controversial closure of one of Argentina's top seminaries. Read more

Police in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2017

Bishops express pain over killing of more than 30 police officers this year in Colombia

Jul 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The officers have been victims of the so-called “pistol plan” of the criminal organization known as the Clan del Golfo. Read more

Pope Francis address indigenous young people and elders in Iqaluit, Canada, on July 29, 2022, on the final day of his weeklong trip to Canada.

Choose light over darkness, Pope Francis tells young people in Iqaluit

Jul 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Some of those indigenous people assembled to listen to the pope had met with him at the Vatican in March. Read more

Stained glass window depicting St. Joseph.

Pope Francis gifts his ‘dearest friend’ to Canada: St. Joseph

Jul 29, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The 85-year-old pontiff gifted a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus to the archbishop’s residence in Québec City. Read more

Father Felipe Vélez Jiménez, the pastor of St. Gerard Maria Majella parish in the town of Iguala, was shot in the cheekbone right while driving his vehicle in Chilapa county, in the State of Guerrero, on July 28, 2022.

Priest in Mexico shot and wounded

Jul 29, 2022

By David Ramos

The priest, shot in the cheek while driving, is reported to be out of danger. Read more

Pope Francis address representatives of Canada's indigenous peoples at the archbishop's residence in Québec City.

Pope Francis praises Canada’s indigenous people as he departs Québec

Jul 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The pope's next, and final stop, in Canada is Iqaluit, in the country's northernmost territory. Read more