Argentinean press says bishop resigns after admitting relationship

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 25, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Reports are surfacing in the Argentinean media that Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno has submitted his resignation after acknowledging a romantic relationship with a woman. Although no official announcement has been made, local newspapers such as Clarin cite Church sources who say Bishop Bargallo admitted to the priests of his diocese that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship.   Last week, photos … [Read more...]

Paraguay’s senate impeaches President Fernando Lugo

AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay, Jun 25, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- On June 22, President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was impeached by the country's senate for “poor performance of duties,” after recent clashes between police and farmers left 17 people dead. Six police officers and eleven farmers died in the clashes took place on June 15 when police attempted to expel farmers from a piece of land in northeastern Paraguay. The country’s interior minister, Carlos Filizzola, and national … [Read more...]

Paraguay’s senate impeaches President Fernando Lugo

AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay, Jun 25, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- On June 22, President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was impeached by the country's senate for “poor performance of duties,” after recent clashes between police and farmers left 17 people dead. Six police officers and eleven farmers died in the clashes took place on June 15 when police attempted to expel farmers from a piece of land in northeastern Paraguay. The country’s interior minister, Carlos Filizzola, and national … [Read more...]

International community rejects abortion language at UN conference

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 23, 2012 / 07:04 am (CNA).- Countries worldwide joined together to prevent language supporting abortion and population control from being included in an international document produced at a recent U.N. gathering. By maintaining the correct focus, the international community can commit itself to “the pursuit of a more integral development which corresponds to the dignity of every human being,” said Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer. Cardinal Scherer … [Read more...]

Mexico to host contemporary art exhibit on Our Lady of Charity

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 22, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- A contemporary art exhibit highlighting the relationship between the Cuban government and the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open on June 24 at the Cathedral of Mexico City. According to the archdiocese, the exhibit – featuring images of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre – was on display in Havana in December of 2011 and was later shown in cities across Cuba as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Marian … [Read more...]

Pope examines why Latin American Catholics join evangelical churches

Vatican City, Jun 22, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict believes that Catholics who convert to evangelical Christianity often do so because they experience a lack of fervor, joy and community within Catholic parishes – rather than for doctrinal reasons.“Often sincere people who leave our Church do not do so as a result of what non-Catholic groups believe, but fundamentally as a result of their own lived experience; for reasons not of doctrine but of life; not for … [Read more...]

Youngest bishop to attend Vatican II dies at 84

Lima, Peru, Jun 22, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Emeritus Alcides Mendoza Castro of Cusco, Peru, who at 34 was the youngest bishop to attend the Second Vatican Council, has died at the age of 84. According to the Archdiocese of Lima, he passed away on June 20 after suffering “a painful bout with cancer with heroic strength.” The wake and funeral Mass for Archbishop Mendoza were held at Sacred Heart Parish in Lima and his remains will be transported to the city of Cusco, … [Read more...]


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