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Pending decision by human rights court threatens to legalize abortion throughout Latin America

Nov 30, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The abortion lobby has seized on the case of Beatriz, a Salvadoran woman who was seriously ill and pregnant with... Read more

Pope Francis meets with rectors and formators from Latin America at the Vatican Nov. 10, 2022.

‘Priestly formation at the heart of evangelization,’ Pope Francis tells seminary rectors

Nov 10, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Speaking to rectors and formators from Latin America Nov. 10, the pontiff called priest vocations “a gift of God to... Read more


Latin American pro-life leaders celebrate overturning of Roe v. Wade

Jun 28, 2022

By Diego López Marina

One leader said the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court will “undoubtedly have a positive impact on Latin America.” Read more

A statue depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the parish church of St. Nicholas in Krapina, Croatia.

Latin American bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Mar 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

CELAM said the Marian consecration was a cause of ‘great joy and hope.’ Read more


Report: Pro-life pregnancy centers in Latin America unfairly attacked by Spanish newspaper

Dec 7, 2021

By David Ramos

Pro-life pregnancy centers in Latin America were unfairly and inaccurately portrayed in a recent article published by a Spanish newspaper,... Read more

Pope Francis' video message to CELAM sent Jan. 24, 2021. YouTube Screenshot.

Pope Francis tells Latin American Ecclesial Assembly not to be elitist 

Jan 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a video message Sunday to Latin American Church leaders organizing a “synodal” regional assembly, in which he... Read more

Pope Francis attends the Prayer Meeting for Peace in Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio Oct. 20, 2020.

Pope Francis tells Latin American leaders to resist corruption during the pandemic

Nov 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has called on leaders in Latin America to not politicize the coronavirus pandemic, urging them to seek the... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis: Latin America needs a new Catholic presence in politics

Mar 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called Monday for a new approach to politics in Latin America that incorporates the principles of Catholic social... Read more

Protests against the government of Daniel Ortega in Granada, Nicaragua, April 2018.

Former Latin American leaders criticize pope's comments on Nicaragua, Venezuela

Jan 10, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Twenty former heads of state and government from Latin America have written a letter to Pope Francis finding fault with... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Pontifical Latin American College in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Nov. 15, 2018.

Be close to your people, Francis tells Latin American priests

Nov 15, 2018

Pope Francis encouraged the community of the Pontifical Latin American College Thursday to avoid cultural fragmentation and to be close... Read more

March for Life in Lima, Peru, May 5, 2018.

Hundreds of thousands march for life across Latin America

May 7, 2018

Huge crowds across Latin America took to the streets in recent days to call for the protection of human life... Read more

Central American migrants in Mexico.

Francis: Migrant crises require focus on reality, dialogue, commitment

Jun 12, 2017

Pope Francis sent a letter last week to the Latin American Parliament as they discuss migration in the region, encouraging... Read more

Pilgrims kneel during Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 26, 2013.

The 'theology of the people', according to Pope Francis

Apr 27, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In a previously unpublished 2012 lecture, Pope Francis explains the inner sense of the ‘theology of the people,' emphasizing that... Read more


Colombian Senate rejects 'gay marriage'

Apr 25, 2013

By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country.  Read more

Men build transitional shelter kits in Haiti, two years after the earthquake.

US bishops fund aid projects in Haiti, Latin America

Apr 4, 2013

A U.S. bishops’ subcommittee has approved over $3.1 million dollars in funding for pastoral work in Latin America, including the... Read more


Catholics for a Free Choice spends millions in Latin American abortion support

Nov 26, 2012

The abortion advocacy group Catholics For a Free Choice has invested more than $13 million over the last decade in... Read more

The first of two "Humanitas" editions now available in English.

Catholic cultural review 'Humanitas' now accesible in English

Jul 11, 2012

The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, has issued a letter encouraging Catholics to visit and read the recently launched... Read more


Ecuador judge won't register British lesbian as 'father' of child

May 22, 2012

Temporarily ending a heated debate over the legal recognition of a British lesbian couple as “father and mother” of a... Read more