Colombian bishop indignant over murder of priest

Bogotá, Colombia, Jan 18, 2013 / 04:16 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jose Roberto Ospina Leongomez of Buga, Colombia expressed sadness and indignation over the recent murder of one of the priests of his diocese.   According to the Vatican-based Fides news agency, Father Jose Francisco Velez Echeverri was found shot on Jan. 16 on the patio outside his home in Buga, some 250 kilometers from the nation’s capital city of Bogota.   Neighbors reported that they saw a person ride away from the … [Read more...]

Mexico grateful for Church help in weapons surrender program

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 14, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons surrender program which took place last week at the plaza outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Speaking to reporters at the beginning of January, Gov. Miguel Angel Mancera said the response to the program was an indication of the desire for peace among Mexicans.   Those who turned in their weapons would be given … [Read more...]

Haiti rebuilding efforts continue three years after quake

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 11, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three years after the island nation of Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake, efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, but there is still much to be done. “With the earthquake, we have many more problems that are urgent to manage,” said Bishop Launay Saturné of Jacmel, Haiti, in a video posted online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Speaking through a translator, he … [Read more...]

Church leaders must fight relativism, Peruvian cardinal says

Lima, Peru, Jan 9, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, archbishop of Lima, Peru, said the role of the bishop is the lead people to Christ which includes taking a stand against widespread relativism in modern society. “The bishop cannot take the most comfortable road, because he has to always seek after Christ, unity with the Pope, and manifest it with his example and his words,” Cardinal Cipriani said on the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6. “For … [Read more...]

Venezuelan bishop warns government to respect constitution

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 8, 2013 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Venezuelan bishop called on government officials to avoid manipulating the constitution amid uncertainty over the swearing-in of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez for a second term.“To alter the constitution to obtain a political objective is morally unacceptable,” said Archbishop Diego Padron Sanchez, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela.   “The political and social scene, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI will see Christ statue from the air during WYD

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 8, 2013 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will get a bird’s eye view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro during his visit to the city for World Youth Day 2013.   Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro told reporters that while it has not yet been determined if the Pope will personally visit the monument, “(h)e will take a ride around it via helicopter.”Standing nearly 100 feet tall, the … [Read more...]

Priest devoted to helping AIDS patients dies in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Jan 7, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Ubaldo Santi Lucherini, one of the founders of Caritas Chile who devoted years of his life to caring for AIDS and cancer patients, died on Jan. 4 at the age of 92.The announcement of his death was made by the Chilean delegation of the Order of the Mother of God, which he helped to found more than 50 years ago.Bishop Manuel Camilo Vial of Temuco, Chile, president of Caritas Social Ministries in the country, called Father Santi … [Read more...]