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Argentine retired Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta (R) arrives to court in Oran, Argentina, on March 3, 2022. Zanchetta, considered close to Pope Francis, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for sexual abuse of two seminarians by a court in the northwestern city of Oran, which ordered his immediate arrest, according to the ruling.

Bishop Zanchetta’s lawyer requests house arrest to serve sentence for sexual abuse due to health problems

Jun 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Zanchetta’s lawyer is seeking the change so the bishop emeritus of Orán doesn’t have to remain in prison. Read more

Blessed Sacrament Basilica in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Argentine bishops will start annual 'Sharing Sunday' to sustain Church's mission

Apr 21, 2022

By Giselle Vargas

The bishops of Argentina have announced that the first day of reflection on the importance of sustaining the mission of... Read more

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

'We were practically nothing to him,' ex-seminarian says of Bishop Zanchetta's abusive behavior

Mar 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

One of the former seminarians who was the victim of sexual abuse by Argentine Bishop Emeritus Gustavo Zanchetta of Orán... Read more

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Why the Zanchetta case matters for the Church

Mar 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican has made no public comment on the court’s verdict. Read more

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Argentine Bishop Zanchetta convicted of sexually abusing seminarians

Mar 4, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta has been found guilty of abusing seminarians in Oran, Salta, northern Argentina, and sentenced to 4... Read more

Cardinal Eduardo Francisco Pironio (1920-1998).

Pope Francis advances sainthood cause of Argentine cardinal who organized 1st World Youth Days

Feb 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pironio was a member of the Roman Curia for two decades. Read more

Bishop Eduardo María Taussig of San Rafael. Credit: Semanario diocesano De Buena Fe.

Resignation of Argentine bishop accepted after controversy over seminary closure

Feb 7, 2022

By David Ramos

Pope Francis accepted Saturday the resignation of the Bishop Eduardo María Taussig of San Rafael. Read more

Seminarians of the San Rafael, Argentina, seminary.

New placements announced for seminarians after controversial closure of seminary in Argentina

Dec 16, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Protests erupted last year when a highly regarded seminary in Argentina was shut down by the Vatican, with little explanation.... Read more

Blessed Sacrament Basilica in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Relic of Saint John Paul II stolen from historic basilica

Nov 22, 2021

By ACI Prensa

The rector of the Polish Catholic Mission in Argentina, Father Jorge Jacek Twarog, reported Sunday that the relic of Saint... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican again denies prior knowledge of allegations against Argentine bishop

Jan 22, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a statement Tuesday the Vatican again denied having prior knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against Argentine Bishop Gustavo Oscar... Read more

Argentina flag.

Former vicar: Vatican already knew about sexual abuse allegations against Argentine bishop

Jan 20, 2019

In an exclusive report from the Associated Press, the former vicar to Argentine Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta said that the... Read more

Pope Francis waves an Argentine flag July 25, 2013.

Pope Francis tells fellow Argentines he won’t make it home in 2017

Oct 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a special message to his fellow countrymen, Pope Francis said that despite his great desire to return home, he... Read more

These Argentinian nuns are accused of helping hide $9 million

Jul 23, 2016

Four nuns in Argentina are being investigated by Church officials after allegedly helping a former government official hide up to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims July 14, 2013 at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. Lauren Cater/CNA

Touch the poor and needy, Pope tells Argentineans

Aug 7, 2013

As his fellow Argentineans gathered to celebrate the feast of Saint Gaetano, the country's most popular saint, Pope Francis urged... Read more

Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013.

Pope Francis marks Argentina's Our Lady of Lujan feast

May 8, 2013

Pope Francis commended Argentina to the protection of its patron saint Our Lady of Lujan, bringing white flowers to her... Read more