Mexico’s bishops call on authorities to find missing priest

Saltillo, Mexico, Jan 12, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Mexican bishops' conference on Tuesday asked authorities to provide more information on the disappearance of Father Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes of the Diocese of Saltillo.The bishops called upon the competent authorities Jan. 10 to “provide more information to civil society and the entire ecclesial community on the events that led to his disappearance, so they can  collaborate with their search and so … [Read more...]

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Tijuana shelters overwhelmed by Haitian migrants

Tijuana, Mexico, Jan 12, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The shelters in Tijuana that care for the migrant population are now in a state of emergency, severely overcrowded due to the arrival of thousands of Haitians seeking refuge in the United States.According to the director of Migrant Care of Tijuana, César Aníbal, there are 3,200 foreign migrants in these 28 shelters, and the majority come from Haiti. Located across the US-Mexico border from San Diego, Tijuana is a … [Read more...]

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Church in Brazil laments tragedy of gang-fueled prison riots

Manaus, Brazil, Jan 10, 2017 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After nearly 100 inmates died in gang-related riots at prisons in northern Brazil through Jan. 8, Church officials in the country have recommitted themselves to assisting in the rehabilitation of prisoners and parolees.Riots at prisons in the states of Amazonas and Roraima between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 have left 97 dead.“There are a number of structural as well as technical problems today (in the prisons). In all this we have … [Read more...]

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Therese of Lisieux’s parents inspired this drug rehab project

Montevideo, Uruguay, Jan 10, 2017 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A project to end the drug scourge in Uruguay has drawn inspiration from the recently canonized parents of the “Little Flower” Saint Therese of Lisieux.Saint Louis Martin and Saint Zelie Guerin, whom Pope Francis canonized in October 2015, are the namesakes of a chapel in the headquarters of the Renacer Project. The Catholic initiative, whose name refers to being born again, has worked for 28 years to aid the full … [Read more...]

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Bishop offers prayers after Brazil prison riot leaves 56 dead

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 4, 2017 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of Manaus, Brazil, left at least 56 dead.The incident is “a very sad and apprehensive situation,” said Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus, José Alburquerque de Aráujo. He asked all the people of the country to unite in prayer.Late in the day on January 1, a riot broke out in the Anísio Jobim … [Read more...]

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A look inside the little-known ‘spoon trail’ of Chile

Santiago, Chile, Jan 4, 2017 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dawn breaks in the city of Santiago de Chile. Amid the hustle and bustle of the waking city, a narrow wooden door welcomes in the “dear brothers of the street,” as they are affectionately called.They come in an orderly line and receive their first meal of the day, at a little known building that marks the first stop on the “spoon trail.”While most people pass by, hurrying on their way without a second glance, … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe asked to touch Trump’s ‘hardened heart’

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 14, 2016 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City commended to Our Lady of Guadalupe the millions of migrants who have left behind their country for a better future in the U.S., asking her to help Americans welcome them – especially President-Elect Donald Trump.In his prayer published by the weekly Desde la Fe in honor of her feast day Dec. 12, Cardinal Rivera asked the intercession of the Virgin of Tepeyac for Mexico, “which is … [Read more...]

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