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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

A Squamish Nation canoe approaching Bella Bella, Canada, June 27, 1993. Credit: UN Photo/John Isaac.

'Contrite hearts' and concrete action: Catholics react to the legacy of Canada's residential schools

Aug 11, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic leaders, including a First Nations deacon, reflect on the shocking legacy of Canada’s residential schools run by Catholic and... Read more

Bernardo Strozzi's St. Lawrence Distributing the Treasures of the Church (c. 1625).

How devotion to Saint Lawrence in Ciudad Juarez came to be

Aug 10, 2021

By David Ramos

Devotion to St. Lawrence, the third century Roman deacon and martyr, took root in what is now the border area... Read more

Ultrasound of preborn baby at 12 weeks

Chilean legislative committee votes against permitting elective abortions

Aug 10, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

A committee of the lower house of Chile’s legislature on Monday narrowly voted not to recommend a bill that would... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Despite millions in Catholic residential schools reparations, critics seek to end church tax exemptions

Aug 9, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic entities had committed tens of millions of dollars in legal settlements for their involvement in the Canadian government’s historic... Read more

40 Days for Life in Mexico says its volunteers are free to get vaccinated against Covid or not

Aug 7, 2021

By David Ramos

40 Days for Life In Mexico said Wednesday that "regarding the issue of vaccines, each of the volunteers and people... Read more

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Bishop Zanchetta faces trial on sexual abuse charges in October

Aug 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Argentine bishop was given a Vatican post by Pope Francis in 2017. Read more

The Prayer to Pachamama posted by Caritas Venado Tuerto.

Argentine diocese apologizes for prayer to Pachamama

Aug 5, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Diocese of Venado Tuerto’s Caritas branch apologized Tuesday for having posted on its social media a prayer to Pachamama,... Read more

The Cuban flag.

Cuban religious report detainees held without trial after protests

Aug 4, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

The board of directors of the Cuban Conference of Men and Women Religious reported Tuesday that following the July 11... Read more

Credit: Syda Productions/Shutterstock.

Catholic universities in Argentina call on courts to defend the unborn from abortion law 

Aug 3, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

An organization of Catholic universities in Argentina has issued a declaration demanding that the legal system protect the unborn from... Read more

Protests in Havana, July 11, 2021.

Cuban priest decries summary trials of protesters without a defense lawyer

Aug 3, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

Participants in last month’s protests of Cuba’s communist government are facing summary trials without adequate legal aid, a Jesuit priest... Read more

Neisi Dajomes. Credit: Ecuadorian Olympic Committee.

Ecuadorian bishops congratulate their country's first woman to win an Olympic gold medal

Aug 2, 2021

By David Ramos

The Ecuadorian bishops congratulated on Twitter Neisi Dajomes, the country’s first woman to win gold in the Olympics, for her... Read more

Father Wilson Malavé Parrales. Credit: Parroquia San Agustín Guayaquil Padre Agustinos via Facebook.

Ecuadorian priest awarded by city for feeding hundreds of the needy daily

Jul 28, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Mayor's Office of Guayaquil on Sunday awarded Fr. Wilson Malavé Parrales, director of the Lord of Good Hope Soup... Read more

Archbishop José Antonio Eguren Anselmi. Credit: Archdiocese of Piura.

Archbishop calls for unity at Peruvian bicentennial 

Jul 28, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Archbishop of Piura on Tuesday encouraged working for unity in Peru and reminded the faithful that neither hatred nor... Read more

Colombian bishops: Euthanasia is a danger for the frailest and most vulnerable

Jul 28, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Colombian Bishops’ Conference decried the July 22 ruling of the Constitutional Court that expanded access to euthanasia to non-terminally... Read more

Dominican Nuns of the St. Catherine of Siena Monastery in Mexico City

At least 12 priests in Mexico have died from COVID-19 in two months

Jul 27, 2021

By David Ramos

The most recent report from the Catholic Multimedia Center (CCM) shows that at least 12 priests and a Mexican nun... Read more

US bishops and priests in the Cuban diaspora send video message back home

Jul 26, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

In an eight-minute video, about 30 American bishops and priests of the Cuban diaspora sent their prayers and a message... Read more

Fernando Karadima

Fernando Karadima, former priest whose sex abuse scandal rocked Chile, dead at 90

Jul 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Fernando Karadima, an influential former priest in Chile whose sexual abuse of minors prompted major questions about episcopal cover-ups, has... Read more

July 11, 2021: Cubans protest in Havana

CRS warns of ‘hunger pandemic’ afflicting the elderly in Cuba

Jul 26, 2021

By Diego Lopez Marina

The director of the Hispanic Development Unit of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Ana Gloria Rivas-Vásquez, called for Catholics around the... Read more