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Bishops of Central America, North America, and the Caribbean met in El Salvador Aug. 21-25, 2023, to analyze various migratory scenarios at an international meeting.

In front of the tomb of St. Óscar Romero, bishops pledge to care for migrants

Aug 31, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Meeting in El Salvador Aug. 21-25, representatives of bishops’ conferences analyzed the various migratory scenarios at an international meeting. Read more


Salvadoran Education Ministry dismisses official who endorsed kids’ TV show with gender ideology

Sep 28, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

El Salvador’s Ministry of Education has dismissed the official responsible for allowing a children’s program with gender ideology to be... Read more

Four martyrs are beatified at a Mass in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Jan. 22, 2022.

Pope Francis honors newly beatified El Salvador martyrs for their ‘heroic example’

Jan 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Father Cosme Spessotto, Father Rutilio Grande, and two lay companions were declared blessed. Read more

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador.

Salvadoran archbishop thanks president for promise not to approve pro-abortion constitutional changes

Sep 23, 2021

By David Ramos

The Archbishop of San Salvador thanked Saturday the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, for his commitment not to approve... Read more

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador.

Salvadoran president urged to oppose proposed pro-abortion constitutional changes

Sep 15, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Seventy-five pro-life and pro-family organizations on Monday asked the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, to oppose the changes to... Read more

Inocente Orlando Montano Morales in 2017.

Salvadoran imprisoned for 1989 killings of 5 Jesuit priests

Sep 11, 2020

A former colonel of the Salvadoran military, Inocente Orlando Montano Morales, has been convicted in a Spanish court for is... Read more

El Salvador pro-life groups decry 'misleading' CBS report amid abortion fight

Jun 5, 2020

Pro-life leaders in El Salvador say a recent CBS News report on abortion in the country is misleading, and does... Read more

A procession to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the murder of Fr. Ignacio Ellacuria and companions in San Salvador, Nov. 14, 2015.

US censures 13 former Salvadoran soldiers for 1989 killing of Jesuits

Jan 29, 2020

The US Department of State announced Wednesday the designation of 13 former Salvadoran military officials for their involvement in the... Read more

The corpses of migrant Oscar Martinez and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, June 26, 2019.

US-Mexico border bishops sorrowed by migrant deaths

Jul 1, 2019

The bishops on either side of the Rio Grande where several migrants died last week expressed Friday their sorrow over... Read more

View of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande into the US in Matamoros, June 24, 2019.

Faith sustains wife of drowned migrant, bishop says

Jun 28, 2019

Tania Vanessa Ávalos, the wife and mother of the migrants who died trying to cross into the US this week,... Read more

View of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande into the US in Matamoros, June 24, 2019.

Pope Francis 'profoundly saddened' at image of drowned migrant father and daughter

Jun 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis expressed his ‘immense sadness’ upon seeing the image of the migrant father and child who drowned in their... Read more

Fr. Cecilio Perez Cruz.

MS-13 gang member suspected in Salvadoran priest’s death

May 20, 2019

A priest has been shot and killed by a suspected gang member in El Salvador, Vatican News reported Sunday. His... Read more

Children queue outside a shelter in Guatemala.

Cutting Central American aid will make matters worse, critics say

Apr 3, 2019

While the United States threatens to cut funding to Central America in response to immigration issues, critics say the cutbacks... Read more

Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador.

Bishops oppose 'absurd' amnesty law for El Salvador

Mar 19, 2019

A proposal to grant amnesty to those convicted of war crimes committed during the El Salvadoran civil war has drawn... Read more

Thousands march in support of life, family in El Salvador

Nov 7, 2018

Thousands participated Nov. 3 in the “Family is Life” march in San Salvador, calling on authorities to end efforts to... Read more

Archbishop Oscaro Romero with young people in El Salvador in this undated file photo. Photo courtesy of Arzobispado de San Salvador/Oficina de la Causa de Canonizacion.

Blessed Oscar Romero's legacy of charity in El Salvador

Oct 11, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, better known as Blessed Oscar Romero, once said that if El Salvador’s military oppressors killed... Read more

El Salvador bishops call for laws defending 'human right' to water

Jun 13, 2018

In a statement issued Monday, the Catholic bishops of El Salvador urged preventative legislation against the privatization of water sources.  Read more

Salvadorans attending Mass in San Salvador.

Salvadoran bishops visit US to ask that migrant protections be restored

Apr 13, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A group of prominent Church officials from El Salvador visited the United States this week to urge a reconsideration of... Read more

Flag of El Salvador.

Priest murdered during Holy Week in El Salvador

Apr 3, 2018

Fr. Walter Osmir Vásquez Jiménez was shot and killed the afternoon of March 29, Holy Thursday, on a dirt road... Read more

El Salvadoran boy.

US bishops: End of protected status for Salvadorans is ‘heartbreaking’

Jan 8, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran migrants,... Read more