Former Colombian hostages thank Pope for his prayers

Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 6, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A group of eight Colombians who were kidnapped for over ten years by the country's Marxist rebel group told Pope Benedict that his prayers sustained them during their captivity. The group of police officers and soldiers attended Pope Benedict XVI’s general audience on June 6. According to Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, the former hostages came dressed in their police and military uniforms and thanked the Pope for his … [Read more...]

Gay activist allegedly sues Colombian bishop for defending marriage

Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 4, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, secretary for the Colombian bishops' conference, has allegedly been sued by columnist and gay activist Felipe Zuleta over his support of marriage as between one man and one woman. “For now this is all media hype, and very few media outlets have reported on this,” said Father Elver Rojas, spokesman for the bishops' conference, telling CNA that they have yet to receive any official notice of a lawsuit. Colombian radio re … [Read more...]

Cardinal says social conflicts can only be solved with truth, order

Lima, Peru, Jun 4, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima has reiterated the Church’s call to peace and said social conflicts can only be resolved when there is order and adherence to the truth. Speaking to reporters on May 31, Cardinal Cipriani referred to recent anti-mining protests that took place in the province of Espinar which left two people dead and forced the government to declare a state of emergency. “People cannot use rocks and lies to achieve dev … [Read more...]

Brazil’s Copacabana Beach, air force base to be main WYD sites

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 1, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- A Brazilian bishop and top organizer revealed today that Copacabana Beach and the Santa Cruz Air Base will be the venues for the main events of World Youth Day Rio 2013. The global youth event will take place July 23-28 next summer, which Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend. During a press conference, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said Copacabana will be the venue for the opening Mass, the welcoming ceremony with the Pope and the Via … [Read more...]

Huge expectations in Latin America over ‘For Greater Glory’ opening

Lima, Peru, May 31, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Latin Americans are greatly anticipating the release of “For Greater Glory” on June 1 in the U.S., as weekend box office numbers could determine its distribution in Central and South America. The movie tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico during the religious persecution carried out by President Plutarco Elias Calles against the Catholic Church in the 1920s. It stars Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole, Panamanian singer Ruben Blades and M … [Read more...]

Bishops denounce ‘horrors’ suffered by immigrants in the West

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 31, 2012 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- Bishops from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean denounced the “horrors” suffered by immigrants throughout the Western hemisphere.“Poverty forces thousands of people to emigrate and seek their daily bread outside their native countries,” they said.“As long as this causal structure is not resolved, even though immigration laws are made stricter, the flow of immigrants will continue with the consequences that have repeat … [Read more...]

Researchers say Guttmacher Institute misrepresents abortion in Chile

Santiago, Chile, May 31, 2012 / 12:08 am (CNA).- A Chilean researcher and his colleagues say the Guttmacher Institute's response to a study on abortion's effects on maternal mortality has spread “erroneous and misleading information.” Dr. Elard Koch, an epidemiologist at the University of Chile with the Chilean Maternal Mortality Research Initiative, said that his project's study showed restrictive abortion laws did not affect maternal mortality trends. “In fact, maternal mortality ratios st … [Read more...]


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