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Catholic leaders in Costa Rica oppose bill forcing priests to break seal of confession

Nov 16, 2023

By Diego López Marina

A group of Catholic leaders from Costa Rica recently laid out the position of the Church regarding a bill that... Read more


Gänswein to Costa Rica? Report of Benedict’s secretary becoming nuncio is ‘speculation,’ Vatican sources say

Mar 22, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The future role of Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s longtime private secretary, remains unclear. Read more


Church in Costa Rica to compensate four victims of ex-priest serving 20-year sentence

Feb 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

An agreement has been reached to compensate four victims of sexual abuse by ex-priest Mauricio Víquez Lizano, who is serving... Read more

Father Luis Enrique Guillén.

Costa Rican priest shares his journey from intelligence agent to the Catholic priesthood

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

“I can openly say that nothing I gained before compares to what God has given me in this ministry,” said... Read more

Communion Wafers.

Tabernacle desecrated, consecrated hosts stolen from Costa Rica church 

Oct 21, 2022

By ACI Prensa

In the early hours of the morning, caretakers of the St. Rose of Lima Parish, Pocosol, noticed that sound equipment,... Read more


Court rules Church in Costa Rica must pay $100,000 compensation to sex-abuse victim

Aug 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

A lower court ruled Aug. 23 that the Church must pay the compensation to a victim of sexual abuse committed... Read more

Bishop Eugenio Salazar Mora kneels before the superior of the Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua on July 6, 2022.

Costa Rican bishop receives Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua

Jul 12, 2022

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Bishop Eugenio Salazar Mora of Tilarán-Liberia in Costa Rica greeted the nuns one by one and knelt as he greeted... 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

'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

The Metropolitan Cathedral in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Costa Rican bishops prohibit celebration of extraordinary form liturgies

Jul 20, 2021

By ACI Prensa

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

Mar 15, 2021

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

May 27, 2020

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

Dec 15, 2019

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

Sep 4, 2019

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

Jun 8, 2019

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

Aug 13, 2018

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

Aug 2, 2018

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

Apr 25, 2014

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

Apr 11, 2014

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

Aug 31, 2012

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