Enrique Shaw: the Argentine businessman whom Francis may soon beatify

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 3, 2015 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ desire to see the late Argentine businessman Enrique Shaw raised to the altars could be close to fruition, according to the postulator of Shaw's cause for beatification. Juan Navarro Floria told CNA the diocesan phase of the cause has been completed. “This process began when Pope Francis was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in that capacity he was the one who asked Rome to open the … [Read more...]

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Religious sisters sue Colombian TV network for ‘false’ depiction of saint’s life

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 31, 2015 / 12:44 am (CNA).- An order of religious sisters in Colombia is suing a national television network for producing a series that it says twists the facts about the life of the order’s founder, the first Colombian saint. Saint Laura Montoya Upegui is the subject of a new series on Caracol Television, entitled “Laura: an extraordinary life.” The first of 25 episodes was broadcast on July 29. In a statement released July 24, the Congregation of … [Read more...]

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The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 28, 2015 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course of the recent papal trip to Latin America. But for many of the inmates and workers present at the notorious Palmasola Prison in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the Pope’s visit was a turning point and an invitation to make a new start. “The man who is standing before you is one who has been forgiven. A man who … [Read more...]

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Yerba mate, Jesuits, and Francis – the story of the Pope’s favorite drink

Caacupé, Paraguay, Jul 19, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On more than one occasion Pope Francis has been seen sharing a drink offered him by a pilgrim from Argentina: it's mate, a traditional infused drink popular in his native country and its neighbors. Mate is the national infusion of Argentina, and is also associated with Our Lady of Caacupé, whose shrine Pope Francis visited in Paraguay on July 11. The highly caffeinated beverage is served hot, traditionally in a … [Read more...]

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Venezuela’s bishops caution against the adoption of no-fault divorce

Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 17, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Venezuelan bishops last week warned that marriage and families in their nation will be weakened as a result of a court decision ruling that spouses can divorce without any evidence of wrongdoing on either's part. “The theoretical basis for the ruling signals a jurisprudence that can dismantle at will the protection of the family and marriage in the law as we understand them today,” the Venezuelan bishops … [Read more...]

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The ‘angel’ of Guatemala: 12-year-old chooses death over gang violence

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Jul 16, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA).- When 12-year-old Ángel Ariel Escalante Pérez was confronted by gang members demanding that he kill a bus driver in Guatemala, he said no. It turned out to a life or death decision. The gang members threatened to kill Angel if he did not murder the bus driver. He refused to do so and was thrown off a bridge. Angel was found in critical condition on June 18, around 1 p.m. He was discovered below the Belice bridge in … [Read more...]

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‘It’s hard to think there was no complicity’ – Mexican bishop on ‘El Chapo’ escape

Toluca, Mexico, Jul 16, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Three Mexican bishops have spoken out in recent days about public sector corruption in their nation, highlighting the escape of the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, from a maximum security prison on Saturday. Guzmán, known as “El Chapo”, is head of the Sinaloa Cartel, and has an estimated wealth of $1 billion. He had been captured by Mexican authorities in February 2014, and escaped from a prison in … [Read more...]

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