Insides that didn’t decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 23, 2015 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified just this weekend. And this monsignor has some stories to tell. Among the most fascinating involve details surrounding the day Romero was killed, what the late archbishop really thought about the controversial and problematic … [Read more...]

Oscar Romero, a ‘father of the poor,’ beatified in El Salvador

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 23, 2015 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador this morning, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.” Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over Blessed Oscar Romero's May 23 beatification Mass in the capital city of San … [Read more...]

History versus caricature: 3 facts that show us the real Romero

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 22, 2015 / 11:21 am (CNA).- The beloved Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was beatified El Salvador this weekend amid both celebration and what one critic calls skewed media reporting on the martyr's life. San Salvador's Federico Hernandez Aguilar, an expert on the history of the new blessed, debunked what he views as common misconceptions surrounding Romero – voicing his hope that the truth about the archbishop would emerge. Hernandez, former … [Read more...]

This little boy still can’t talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

Santiago, Chile, May 22, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive. When he was born on August 17, 2008 in Santiago, Chile, the midwives advised the family not to get emotionally attached to him because he … [Read more...]

After theft, Argentines donate prized possessions, wedding rings for new monstrance

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 13, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina. Located in northwest Argentina, Tucuman is Argentina’s smallest province, but second only to Buenos Aires in population density. In 2011, two costly monstrances were stolen from the Museum of Sacred Art. To replace them, a new monstrance will be made. It will be used at the 2016 National … [Read more...]

Argentine family asks for help arriving at World Meeting of Families

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 8, 2015 / 09:39 am (CNA).- A family from Argentina who has left everything behind to travel 11,000 miles to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families is asking for monetary help in order to arrive at their destination. The Walkers set out from San Isidro in the Buenos Aires Province in a VW camper from Buenos Aires. Their destination: Philadelphia, to attend the World Meeting of Families and see Pope Francis in September. Alfredo “Catire” … [Read more...]

God has not abandoned us, Chilean bishop says after volcano eruption

Santiago, Chile, Apr 30, 2015 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Facing devastation from the unexpected eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, Archbishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt, one of the areas at risk, reminded the faithful not to lose hope. “Let us place our trust in God who does not abandon his children,” the prelate said. At 5:50 a.m. on April 22, the Calbuco volcano, located in the Los Lagos Region, erupted after lying dormant for 43 years. The authorities … [Read more...]