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Archbishop Mario Antonio Cargnello of Salta, Argentina.

Argentine archbishop found guilty of gender-based violence against nuns

Apr 12, 2024

By Julieta Villar

A civil court judge in Argentina has ruled in favor of the Carmelite sisters there in a case of alleged... Read more

Argentine President Javier Milei is pictured here during an audience with Pope Francis on Feb. 12, 2024.

Argentine President Milei: Abortion is aggravated homicide

Mar 9, 2024

By Julieta Villar

The president of Argentina, Javier Milei, says abortion “is murder aggravated by the bond” between mother and child. Read more

Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in the city of Alta Gracia in Córdoba province, Argentina, displays an image of Our Lady of Lourdes of Altagracia that is not there — but everyone sees it.

The image of Our Lady of Lourdes that’s not there but everyone sees it

Feb 12, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Those who visit the chapel of the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in the city of Alta Gracia, Argentina, witness... Read more

Pope Francis at the canonization of María Antonia of St. Joseph — known affectionately in the pope’s home country as “Mama Antula” -- on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis canonizes Argentina’s first female saint

Feb 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis praised the Argentine saint as “a model of apostolic fervor and boldness” for traveling “thousands of miles on... Read more

Archbishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires archbishop highlights courage of Mama Antula, the ‘mother’ of Argentina

On Sunday, Feb. 11, Pope Francis will raise to the altars the woman who will become Argentina’s first female saint,... Read more

Argentine President Javier Milei formally invited Pope Francis to visit his homeland of Argentina in a Jan. 8, 2024, letter.

Argentine president formally invites Pope Francis to visit native land

Jan 11, 2024

By Julieta Villar

The president of Argentina, Javier Milei, anticipated that the possible trip “will bring fruits of peace and brotherhood to all... Read more

Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.

Argentine nuns now living in Vatican monastery that was Pope Benedict’s last residence

Vatican City has new tenants: seven nuns from Argentina who, at the request of Pope Francis, will live in Mater... Read more

Supporters of Blessed Wenceslao Pedernera listen during the final hearing on Dec. 11, 2023, of the trial for his 1976 murder in La Rioja, Argentina.

Killer of martyred Argentine Blessed Wenceslao Pedernera gets life in prison

Dec 13, 2023

By Julieta Villar

After seven months of hearings, the trial for the murder 47 years ago of the martyr Blessed Wenceslao Pedernera finally... Read more

Maximiliano Pavillaux walks in the mud to reach the parish for confirmation on Nov. 11, 2023. / The child receives the recognition of Pope Francis from Bishop Mauricio Landra, the auxiliary bishop of Mercedes-Luján, Argentina.

Boy walks 7 miles on muddy roads to receive confirmation, gets a blessing from the pope

Dec 5, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The night before confirmation, the boy’s parents began to worry because the family vehicles were not going to make it... Read more

Javier Milei, president-elect of Argentina.

Head of Argentine Bishops’ Conference prays for new officials following election of Milei

Nov 21, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Bishop Oscar Ojea lifted up in prayer the new governing authorities following the victory of Javier Milei in Argentina’s presidential... Read more

More than 40,000 young people turned out for a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of Río Blanco and Paypaya in the northern province of Jujuy in Argentina on Oct. 27, 2023.

More than 40,000 young people make pilgrimage to Virgin of Rio Blanco shrine in Argentina

Nov 3, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Last weekend more than 40,000 young people turned out for a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of Río... Read more

Argentine Leda Bergonzi at one of her “Breath of the Living God” prayer meetings.

Argentine archdiocese issues statement on healing ministry Messi’s mom, brother attended

Oct 2, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The activity drew national attention a few weeks ago when the mother and brother of soccer player Lionel Messi participated... Read more


Argentine bishops’ commission opposes government’s technical assistance to sex workers

Sep 21, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The bishops warned that the agreement “fails to comply with the abolitionist legal framework of the Argentine state” that abolishes... Read more


Argentine bishops hold day of prayer, reflection against human trafficking

Sep 19, 2023

By Julieta Villar

“Human trafficking does serious ... injury to the dignity of the human person,” Bishop Oscar Ojea said. “The person is... Read more

Bishop Enrique Martínez Ossola of Santiago del Estero in Argentina.

Bishop warns about ‘hard times’ Argentina is going through

Sep 7, 2023

By Julieta Villar

“Drugs kill and poison the family,” the prelate said, noting that “there is no effective response from the state” and... Read more

Javier Milei and Pope Francis.

The rise of Javier Milei: a ‘false messiah’ in Pope Francis’ homeland?

Sep 7, 2023

By AC Wimmer

While some of the Argentinian presidential candidate’s views resonate with many Catholics, others starkly oppose the Church’s social teachings.  Read more

The chapel of Our Lady of the Valley near the small settlement of Pehuajó Sud, Argentina, was attacked Aug. 30, 2023. The chapel is part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in the town of Larroque.

Chapel in Argentina vandalized; bishop calls for acts of reparation

Sep 1, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Bishop Héctor Zordán said the damage inflicted was a criminal act motivated by the intent to “desecrate the sacred place... Read more

Argentino del Valle Larrabure.

Canonization cause opens for Argentine officer tortured and killed by Marxist insurgents

Aug 22, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The cause for canonization of Argentino del Valle Larrabure, an army colonel tortured and murdered in 1975 by Marxist rebels,... Read more

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Gabriel Antonio Mestre as Archbishop of the diocese of La Plata, Argentina.

Pope Francis continues ‘legacy’ appointments in naming Fernández’s successor

Jul 28, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Friday named Gabriel Antonio Mestre, 54, archbishop of the Diocese of La Plata, Argentina. Read more

The Cathedral of La Plata in Argentina is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

Archbishop Fernández didn’t side with alleged sex abuser, archdiocese says

Jul 3, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Pope Francis' choice to head the Vatican's doctrinal office has been criticized for his handling of a clergy sex abuse... Read more