Americas News

The World Cup arrived Jan. 4, 2023, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján in Argentina.

The Virgin and the national soccer team give hope to Argentines, priest says

Jan 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

The World Cup won by the Argentine soccer team arrived Wednesday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján as... Read more

Image of the Virgin Mary destroyed in Sopó (Colombia)

Vandal destroys statue of the Virgin Mary in Colombia

Jan 5, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

The statue, which stood in a small brick grotto at the entrance to the town of Sopó in the Cundinamarca... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI / image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Church in Mexico invites the faithful to Mass for Benedict XVI at Guadalupe basilica

Jan 5, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in... Read more

Church of the Holy Cross in the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Bolivia: Priest condemns police pursuit of protesters into church where they sought sanctuary

Jan 4, 2023

By CNA Staff

The pastor of Holy Cross parish in the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia said that a... Read more

Cardinal Thomas Collins.

Canadian Catholic leaders pay tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, among other leaders, hailed the former pope as a model of inspiring discipleship and theological... Read more

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

2022 was the worst year for the Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Dec 29, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Lawyer and researcher Martha Patricia Molina Montenegro reported that “2022 was the most disastrous year for the Nicaraguan Catholic Church.”  Read more

Participants prepare food for “10,000 Christmases in one,” a joint initiative between the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Jewish community to provide 40,000 Christmas dinners for the poor on Dec. 25. The 2022 event, which is being held for the fourth consecutive year, will bring food from 40 parishes and a shelter to those most in need in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Catholic Church, Jewish community to bring 40,000 Christmas dinners to Mexicans in need

Dec 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has joined the Jewish community to provide 40,000 Christmas dinners for the poor this Dec. 25... Read more

Picture of the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida taken on the day of the patron saint of Brazil, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on Oct. 12, 2022.

Fire breaks out at Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine in Brazil

Dec 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

According to the Marian shrine, the fire started because a candle had been placed on a pew. Read more

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Montreal police prohibited from wearing St. Michael the Archangel insignia

Dec 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

“We ask you now to kindly remove from your uniforms any crest symbolizing or referring to the Archangel St. Michael,... Read more

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega: ‘I never had respect for the bishops’

Dec 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Daniel Ortega once again attacked the Catholic Church, accusing it of “calling for bloodshed,” and said, “I never had respect... Read more

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Bishop calls on armed bands to observe a cease-fire for a peaceful Christmas in Colombia

Dec 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Mario Álvarez Gómez of Istmina-Tadó, Colombia, called on the various armed groups in his country to observe a “unilateral... Read more

Members of the Cuban Coast Guard hand out life jackets to migrants on a drifting boat in Havana on Dec. 12, 2022.

Archbishop prays that the day will come when no Cuban will have to leave his country

Dec 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

“Let us pray for our people, ... mainly for immigration, because of which so many families have been separated,” Archbishop... Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Knights of Columbus releases moving documentary on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Knights of Columbus released “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Woman of the Eucharist” on Dec. 12, the feast of the... Read more

Lionel Messi

Will Messi keep his promise to the Virgin Mary after winning the World Cup?

Dec 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

Lionel Messi, 35, played his fifth World Cup wearing Argentina’s jersey and the team became world champion by beating France... Read more

Joseph and Mary looking for an inn in Bethlehem.

How the ‘Posadas’ before Christmas in Mexico originated

Dec 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

In the days before Christmas, the traditional “posadas” are usually celebrated in Mexico, recalling the difficulties Joseph and Mary had... Read more

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Today is an ember day. What’s that?

Dec 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

This Saturday, Dec. 17, is a special day in the Catholic Church, though relatively few Catholics probably realize it. Read more

Aerial view of the surroundings of the Basilica of Guadalupe during the early morning of Dec. 12, 2022.

Historic 12.5 million pilgrims visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico

Dec 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Basilica of Guadalupe is the most visited Marian sanctuary in the world and even exceeds the number of pilgrims... Read more

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Priest decries lack of religious freedom in Cuba

Dec 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Alberto Reyes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Camagüey, Cuba, charged in a Dec. 14 Facebook post that there... Read more

Akamasoa Argentina works with the community of Lima, province of Buenos Aires.

Here’s how a Catholic project is working to eradicate poverty in Argentina

Dec 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Akamasoa Argentina project draws its inspiration from the example of Father Pedro Opeka, an Argentine priest who aided hundreds... Read more

Representatives of the Ombudsman's Office arrive to dissuade the protesters in Peru, December 2022.

Bishops lament deaths in protests in Peru, call for dialogue to restore peace

Dec 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The confrontations began after President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7 declared a state of emergency, dissolved Congress, and said he... Read more