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Priest warns of dangers of social media after 12-year-old girl records her suicide

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

“I think it’s important to let ourselves be ‘hit hard’ by these stories, and that it not come off as... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Brazilian bishop authorizes prayer for private devotion to Benedict XVI

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

“As children of the Church we must pray and ask God for his eternal rest in heaven,” the prelate said... Read more

Unidentified individuals on Jan. 15, 2023, desecrated the Blessed Sacrament in Our Lady of the Abandoned Catholic Church in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

Blessed Sacrament desecrated in church in Nicaragua

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

Unidentified individuals on Jan. 15 desecrated the Blessed Sacrament in a Catholic church in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Read more

St. Michael the Archangel.

Thief steals St. Michael statue from church, trips, and is injured by the angel’s sword

Jan 17, 2023

By CNA Staff

A drunken thief was injured after falling on the sword of a statue of St. Michael the Archangel that he... Read more

Father Oscar Benavidez.

Nicaraguan priest found guilty, sentenced to eight years in prison for ‘conspiracy’

Jan 17, 2023

By CNA Staff

A judge found Father Oscar Benavidez Dávila guilty of the crimes of “conspiracy to undermine national security and sovereignty” and... Read more

Gustavo Petro, president of Colombia.

Church in Colombia says government announcement of supposed cease-fire was a ‘great defeat’

Jan 17, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Bogotá published an editorial Jan. 11 criticizing the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, for announcing a supposed... Read more

The crucifix depicting the 12th station of South America's largest Stations of the Cross in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, in Argentina.

South America’s largest Stations of the Cross turns 80

Jan 14, 2023

By CNA Staff

The largest Stations of the Cross in South America, located in the city of Tandil in the Buenos Aires province... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013.

Church in Argentina to celebrate 10th anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to papacy

Jan 12, 2023

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, then archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected pontiff on March 13, 2013. Read more

Protesters clash with members of the Peruvian riot police during a demonstration in the city of Cusco, Peru, on Jan. 11, 2023.

Church in Peru condemns murder of police officer burned alive: ‘No more deaths!’

Jan 11, 2023

By CNA Staff

The confrontations between protesters and law enforcement began after then President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7, 2022, declared a state... Read more

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Argentina pro-life pregnancy service falsely accused of holding minor ‘captive’

Jan 11, 2023

By CNA Staff

Pro-life organization Grávida Santa Fe explained that the minor and her mother, who during this week were helped by Grávida,... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua (on the left), during his hearing on Jan. 10, 2023.

Catholic bishop arrested by dictatorship in Nicaragua to be put on trial

Jan 10, 2023

By CNA Staff

Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who has been held under house arrest in Nicaragua since August, will be put on trial, accused... Read more

Jesús Muñoz and his son Benjamin began their 310-mile journey from Neuquén to Las Ovejas, Argentina, on Jan. 7, 2023.

Lawyer travels more than 300 miles on horseback to thank St. Sebastian for his law degree

Jan 9, 2023

By CNA Staff

Accompanied by his 13-year-old son, Jesús Muñoz is traveling 500 kilometers (310 miles) on horseback to fulfill a promise made... Read more

National Congress of Brazil

Brazil bishops denounce violent seizure of Congress, president’s office, and Supreme Court

Jan 9, 2023

By CNA Staff

A large crowd, presumably supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, seized on Sunday key buildings at the seat of the... Read more

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