Americas News

Central American migrants in Mexico.

Mexico's bishops oppose measures to contain and return migrants at country's southern border

Sep 1, 2021

By David Ramos

The bishops of Mexico have reiterated their opposition to the "contain and return measures" implemented by their government to stop... Read more

Caritas Merida assists in solidarity work after heavy rains in the Venezuelan state. Credit: Caritas Merida.

Venezuelan bishops criticize National Guard for obstructing aid to victims of rains, landslides

Aug 31, 2021

By David Ramos

The Venezuelan bishops’ conference criticized on Monday the Venezuelan National Guard for hindering the work of providing humanitarian aid to... Read more

The inauguration of Luis Arce as president of Bolivia in La Paz, Nov. 8, 2020. Credit: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0 CL).

Bolivia's bishops lament 'deplorable' human rights situation

Aug 31, 2021

By ACI Prensa

The bishops of Bolivia expressed Monday their concern "over the deplorable human rights situation in the country and the manipulation... Read more

Buenos Aires cathedral

Buenos Aires cathedral tagged with anti-Catholic graffiti

Aug 30, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Vandals attacked the Buenos Aires cathedral in Argentina last Friday, spray painting the walls with various slogans against the Church,... Read more

Pareja. Credit: Jakob Owens / Unsplash

Colombian Supreme Court rules minors can marry or cohabit with an adult without parental consent

Aug 26, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Supreme Court of Colombia ruled last week that minors between 14 and older can choose, without parental consent, legally... Read more

Mass offered in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Retired archbishop calls Pope Francis' Traditional Latin Mass restrictions 'a regrettable step backwards'

Aug 26, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Archbishop Héctor Rubén Aguer, the Archbishop Emeritus of La Plata, has said that the restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass... Read more

The flag of Peru. Credit: Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock.

Peruvian priest threatened with letters containing bullets

Aug 24, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

Fr. Omar Sánchez Portillo, secretary general of Cáritas Lurín, stated Monday that he has been the victim of death threats,... Read more

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Mexico City archdiocese encourages COVID vaccination

Aug 23, 2021

By David Ramos

The Archdiocese of Mexico called Sunday on the faithful voluntarily to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but is currently not considering... Read more

Fr. Sixto Eduardo Varela Santamaría has been suspended by the Bishop of the Diocese of Alajuela in Costa Rica after the priest said Mass in the Ordinary Form in Latin and ad orientem.

Costa Rican bishop suspends priest for saying Ordinary Form Mass in Latin and ad orientem

Aug 21, 2021

By ACI Prensa

In a WhatsApp voice message obtained by ACI Prensa, Fr. Sixto Eduardo Varela Santamaría insisted that "since the Bishop's decree... Read more

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Legislators in Mexican state pledge not to discuss decriminalizing abortion 

Aug 21, 2021

By David Ramos

A pro-life activist welcomed Wednesday a commitment from legislators in the state of Mexico not to discuss any bill to... Read more

Bishop Tomé Ferreira da Silva, who resigned as Bishop of São José do Rio Preto Aug. 18, 2021. Credit: Diocese de São José do Rio Preto via Facebook.

Brazilian bishop resigns after leak of explicit video

Aug 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of São José do Rio Preto on Wednesday, five days after a... Read more

Catholic Relief Services distributes food for school children at one of the schools in the Department of Totonicapán, Guatemala, with the help of parent volunteers. The parents who picked up food had to comply with safety protocols such as wearing a mask, hand washing, and disinfection upon entry, and social distancing was maintained at all times.

Catholic Relief Services, USDA work together to provide food for school children in Guatemala during pandemic

Aug 18, 2021

By Autumn Jones

In a normal year, Maria Quiró’s children would eat a meal at school as part of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS)... Read more

'The just are paying for sinners': A Costa Rican Traditional Latin Mass supporter on Traditionis custodes

Aug 18, 2021

By David Ramos

A group which has promoted the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in Costa Rica has lamented that with Pope... Read more

Participants in the 2019 Canadian March for Life, held May 9, 2019 in Ottawa. Credit: Christine Rousselle/CNA.

Canadian prolife group not faulted by Elections Canada investigation

Aug 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A pro-life organization opposed to euthanasia did not violate Canadian elections law, nor was the organization ever informed as to... Read more

A portion of the Darien Gap in Panama's Darien province. Credit: UrbanUnique/Shutterstock.

Latin American bishops ask help for migrants stranded in jungle on Panama-Colombia border

Aug 16, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

Three Latin American ecclesial organizations on Wednesday asked for help for the thousands of migrants on their way to the... Read more

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sept. 16, 2008.

US bishops offer prayers following earthquake in Haiti

Aug 14, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed their sorrow at the news of a massive earthquake once again striking... Read more

Haitian Cardinal injured after earthquake destroys his residence

Cardinal injured, priest dead after earthquake in Haiti

Aug 14, 2021

By ACI Prensa

Cardinal Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes and president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference, has been injured, while a Catholic priest... Read more

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Bishops in Mexico's Hidalgo state affirm opposition to abortion after decriminalization

Aug 14, 2021

By David Ramos

The bishops in the Mexican state of Hidalgo on Tuesday exhorted respect for life from conception, after the state legislature... Read more

Archbishop Carlos Castillo of Lima.

Lima archbishop proposes replacing priests with laity as pastors

Aug 12, 2021

By David Ramos

The Archbishop of Lima last month presented his proposal to replace priests with lay people in parishes in the Peruvian... Read more

Daniel Ortega celebrates his re-inauguration as president of Nicaragua, Jan. 10, 2012.

Nicaraguan archdiocese warns that conditions for free elections don't exist

Aug 11, 2021

By Harumi Suzuki

The Archdiocese of Managua on Tuesday deplored the arrests of presidential candidates that have taken place in the country, and... Read more