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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

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

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

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

The Metropolitan Cathedral in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Costa Rican bishops prohibit celebration of extraordinary form liturgies

The Costa Rican bishops’ conference on Monday declared that no expression of the liturgy prior to that of 1970 is... Read more

Costa Rican bishops respond to alleged cover-up of sex abuse by students at Catholic school

The National Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults of the Costa Rican Bishops’ Conference released a statement... Read more

Costa Rican bishop disappointed in legalization of gay marriage

A Costa Rican bishop has warned that although same-sex marriage has been legalized in the country, the Catholic Church will... Read more

Costa Rican president signs decree to allow some abortions

Costa Rica's president on Dec. 12 issued a technical decree that defines the conditions under which a doctor may perform... Read more

Pro-life activists take part in a march against the legalization of abortion in San Jose, Costa Rica, Aug. 31, 2019.

Thousands participate in Costa Rican pro-life march

Thousands participated in Saturday's March for Life in the Costa Rican capital, urging that the president not sign a technical... Read more

Costa Rica considers bill threatening seal of confession

A bill in Costa Rica would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession to report cases of suspected... Read more

Costa Rican bishops deplore ruling legalizing gay marriage

The Costa Rican Bishops' Conference lamented a ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the nation's Supreme Court which mandated legal... Read more

Costa Rica Church opens reception centers for Nicaraguan refugees

The Diocese of Quesada in Costa Rica has set up two reception centers to serve the Nicaraguan refugees fleeing the... Read more

Floribeth Mora Diaz in Rome for the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, April 24, 2014.

Woman healed by John Paul II's intercession recounts miracle

Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose healing through the intercession of Bl. John Paul II paved the way... Read more

Fernando Sanchez Campos, Costa Rican ambassador to the Holy See, signs copies of his new book in Manila.

Ambassador launches book on Padre Pio in Philippines

Fernando Sanchez Campos, Costa Rica's ambassador to the Holy See, released in Manila last month the English translation of his... Read more


Costa Rican bishops slam sex-ed curriculum as propaganda

The bishops of Costa Rica have sharply criticized a sex-education curriculum recently approved by the government for promoting a “hedonistic”... Read more


Pope meets Costa Rican president, discusses defense of life

Pope Benedict XVI met with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica at the Vatican, discussing a number of issues including... Read more