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Ecuador’s Constitutional Court decriminalizes euthanasia

Feb 8, 2024

By Diego Lopez Marina

According to one pro-life leader, “this is a very hard blow against the human dignity and constitutional rights of Ecuadorians.” Read more

Police officers stand guard outside the City Hall building in Quito on Jan. 10, 2024, as Ecuador remains in a state of emergency following the escape from prison of a dangerous narco boss.

Ecuador: Gang violence will not prevail, bishops say

Jan 10, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a Jan. 9 message, the bishops of Ecuador said that “organized crime is sowing, in the day to day... Read more

Silvio Alvarado with his wife, Paulina, and their two children.

Ecuadoran with incurable illness: Only God has authority over death

Dec 7, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

In an interview with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, Silvio Alvarado explained that euthanasia “is not the path I... Read more

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5 things to know about the debate on euthanasia in Ecuador

Nov 28, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The discussion started Nov. 20 when Ecuador’s constitutional court began to evaluate arguments regarding the request of a woman to... Read more

The flag of Ecuador. Credit: Millenius/Shutterstock.

After elections, bishops of Ecuador call for building together the common good

Oct 18, 2023

By Julieta Villar

In their statement titled “Building together the common good,” the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference noted that “what matters is the homeland.” Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023.

Pope Francis condemns assassination of Ecuadorian presidential candidate

Aug 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The presidential candidate had been an outspoken critic of the violence caused by drug trafficking. Read more

Fernando Villavicencio, a candidate for president in Ecuador, was shot and killed Aug. 9, 2023, by an unidentified man at a political rally.

Ecuador bishops condemn assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio

Aug 10, 2023

By David Ramos

In a statement, the Ecuadorian bishops expressed their “deep solidarity” with Villavicencio’s family. Read more

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Shooting at funeral home in Ecuador leaves four dead

May 19, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The archbishop of Portoviejo, Eduardo José Castillo Pino, asked the faithful to pray for the end of violence in Ecuador. Read more

Thousands participated in the March for Life in Lima, Peru, on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Latin America celebrates Day of the Unborn Child with pro-life marches in several countries

Mar 28, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

March 25 is celebrated as the Day of the Unborn Child in Latin America, and large pro-life marches were held... Read more

Members of the National Police prepare before going out to patrol the streets of Duran, city neighbouring Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Nov. 5, 2022. Special police forces continued on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 to transfer imprisoned criminal gang leaders who have unleashed terror in Guayaquil as part of the government's "open war" against drug trafficking.

Bishops urge conversion amid drug gang violence in Ecuador

Nov 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Drug trafficking gangs in Ecuador have reacted to the government’s efforts to retake control of the prisons by launching a... Read more

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Mass in Ecuador to be offered for babies lost in miscarriage or as newborns

Oct 28, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

On Nov. 1 the Archdiocese of Guayaquil will offer a Mass for children lost in miscarriage or as newborns. Read more

Mass and candlelight procession with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on Sept. 11, 2021.

Mark your calendars! International Eucharistic Congress set for September 2024

Oct 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The theme of the next International Eucharistic Congress, to be held in Quito, Ecuador, will be the healing power of... Read more

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Biden administration financing drag queen shows for minors in Ecuador

Oct 24, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The U.S. State Department has contributed $20,600 to finance workshops and “drag queen” performances at the Abraham Lincoln North American... Read more

The ‘Voice of the Unborn’ bell arrives at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Pro-life bell forged in Poland and blessed by Pope Francis resounds in Ecuador

Feb 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The bell is one of three known as the ‘Voice of the Unborn.’ Read more

Neisi Dajomes. Credit: Ecuadorian Olympic Committee.

Ecuadorian bishops congratulate their country's first woman to win an Olympic gold medal

Aug 2, 2021

By David Ramos

The Ecuadorian bishops congratulated on Twitter Neisi Dajomes, the country’s first woman to win gold in the Olympics, for her... Read more

Father Wilson Malavé Parrales. Credit: Parroquia San Agustín Guayaquil Padre Agustinos via Facebook.

Ecuadorian priest awarded by city for feeding hundreds of the needy daily

Jul 28, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Mayor's Office of Guayaquil on Sunday awarded Fr. Wilson Malavé Parrales, director of the Lord of Good Hope Soup... Read more

Bishop Julio Parrilla Díaz (L) and Father Gerardo Miguel Nieves Loja (R), whose resignations as Bishop and Coadjutor Bishop Elect, respectively, of Riobamba were accepted April 28, 2021. Credit: Ecuadorian Bishops' Conference.

Ecuadorian bishops say corruption claims 'without foundation' after double-resignations in diocese

Apr 29, 2021

The Ecuadorian bishops have rejected claims that corruption was behind the unusual simultaneous resignation of a bishop and his presumptive... Read more

The flag of Ecuador. Credit: Millenius/Shutterstock.

Ecuadorian court approves decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape

Apr 29, 2021

The Constitutional Court of Ecuador ruled Wednesday to approve the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape. Read more

Pope Francis in Ecuador in 2015.

Ecuador to host International Eucharistic Congress in 2024

Mar 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis had designated the Archdiocese of Quito in Ecuador the host of the 2024... Read more

Sr. Clare Crockett. Photo

‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

Sep 22, 2020

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 676 people, including a young religious sister called... Read more