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Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Latin American bishops pray for Nicaraguan Bishop Álvarez at cathedral where St. Oscar Romero is buried

Feb 14, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Romero was an outspoken critic of political injustice in the country and of the violence affecting the lives of ordinary... 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

How do we evangelize the Americas?

Oct 10, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As society becomes increasingly global, the question of how to spread the Gospel, particularly in the U.S., depends more and... 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In a previously unpublished 2012 lecture, Pope Francis explains the inner sense of the ‘theology of the people,' emphasizing that...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

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bishops' pilgrimage to Marian shrine seeks to foster unity

Nov 15, 2013

By Elise Harris

Numerous clergy and lay people from across the world will gather together at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe... Read more

Pope addresses leading bishops of CELAM.

Embrace 'missionary spirit,' Pope tells Latin American bishops

Jul 28, 2013

Pope Francis told leading Latin American bishops that all Catholics must renew the Church with a “missionary spirit,” acknowledging that... Read more


Pope Francis helped young addict in struggle against drugs

May 21, 2013

According to an Argentine priest, Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires helped save a young mailman from... Read more


Venezuelan Church to start year-long campaign against abortion

May 20, 2013

A Venezuelan bishop said his country's 13th annual pro-life campaign will extend for the whole year, aiming to defend life... Read more

Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez speaks to CNA on April 24, 2013 in Rome.

Church will benefit from Latin America's evangelization history

Apr 26, 2013

Before meeting with the first Latin American Pope on Thursday, Colombian Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gomez said the South American Church... Read more


Bishops of Latin America united in prayer for Pope Benedict

Feb 12, 2013

The bishops of Latin America have voiced admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, calling his decision to resign from the papacy... Read more


Church leaders must fight relativism, Peruvian cardinal says

Jan 9, 2013

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, archbishop of Lima, Peru, said the role of the bishop is the lead people to Christ... Read more


Colombian archbishop offers prayers after bus accident deaths

Dec 18, 2012

A Colombian archbishop offered his solidarity and condolences to the families and friends of the 27 victims who died in... Read more


Costa Rica bishops urge government to defend marriage

Dec 17, 2012

The Bishops' Conference of Costa Rica called on the nation's lawmakers to promote the good of the family by preserving... Read more


Uruguayan congress passes gay 'marriage' law

Dec 13, 2012

The Uruguayan House of Representatives has voted to pass a law legalizing same-sex “marriage” in the country.  Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Colorado.

Bishops say Our Lady of Guadalupe still brings Christ to Americas

Dec 12, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

Nearly five hundred years later, Our Lady of Guadalupe is still drawing men and women of the Americas to Christ,... Read more

Bishop Bernardo Bastres Florence of Punta Arenas, Chile.

Bishop says Mayan prophecy believers should donate to Church before world's end

Dec 12, 2012

Bishop Bernardo Bastres Florence of Punta Arenas, Chile has an interesting suggestion for those convinced that the world will end... Read more


Uruguayan doctors say abortion norms fail to respect conscience rights

Dec 11, 2012

Nearly one hundred doctors in Uruguay filed a lawsuit on Dec. 7, arguing that the country's new abortion norms to... Read more


Vatican finds Chilean priest guilty of abusive conduct

Dec 10, 2012

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found Chilean priest Father Cristian Precht guilty of abusive conduct and... Read more


Peruvian priests lauded for work with gang members, poor

Dec 5, 2012

Radio Programas del Peru, the largest radio network in the country, has chosen two priests to receive its annual award... Read more


Brazilian soccer team receives blessing for Club World Cup

Dec 3, 2012

The Brazilian soccer team Corinthians received a special blessing from a local priest before traveling to Japan for the 2012... Read more