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...]

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings ‘hope to our hearts’

Havana, Cuba, Apr 29, 2015 / 09:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the island nation, said a local bishop. “The first word that comes to mind is ‘joy.’ It’s a gift from God, who never ceases to surprise us,” said Bishop Wilfredo Pino of Guantanamo-Baracoa. In a statement to CNA, the prelate observed, “It’s true that God does not give us … [Read more...]

‘House of Waiting’ for pregnant Peruvian women seeks to remodel

Haquira, Peru, Apr 28, 2015 / 02:17 am (CNA).- Inside the cracking adobe walls of a small building in Haquira, Peru, an on-duty nurse and staff are busy providing care for local women during the late stages of their pregnancy. In the remote highlands of Peru, it is not uncommon for women near the end of their pregnancy to walk hours – or even days – to the nearest health care facility in order to give birth or receive medical attention. One woman, Virgina, has been walking to … [Read more...]

Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Apr 15, 2015 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala. As reported on the website of the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, the relic consists of a small vial that contains a few drops of blood of the … [Read more...]

More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 31, 2015 / 12:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.” The petition campaign was sparked by a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the Mexican state of Tlaxcala’s abortion reform law which could open the door to abortion in the whole country. The pro-life organization CitizenGo, which launched the petition drive, will … [Read more...]

Church in Cuba enters new era with thaw of US diplomatic relations

Havana, Cuba, Mar 28, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the fifty year economic embargo and diplomatic isolation between the U.S. and Cuba comes to a close, the thaw of their historically icy relationship could have more than just social and cultural implications. The renewed affiliation between the two countries, which began late last year, could have implications on how the Church operates in Cuba. In fact, the first Catholic church since the 1959 Cuban revolution is set to be built … [Read more...]