Diocese laments massacre of farm workers in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 9, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Santa Rosa de Osos in the Colombian province of Antioquia has condemned the massacre of 10 farm workers at the end of their work day by unknown assailants. According to local media, on Nov. 7 the men were finishing their day when they were cornered by a group thought to be members of a criminal gang called “Los Rastrojos.”   A few days earlier, members of the gang threatened farm workers because the owner of … [Read more...]

Cuban archbishop encourages trust in God after Hurricane Sandy

Havana, Cuba, Nov 8, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The president of the Cuban Bishops' Conference said the Church is doing everything possible to help the thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy, and urged the country to continue trusting in God. “Here in the Church we are trying to fix the things that can be fixed so that communities can continue celebrating the Eucharist with some dignity,” Archbishop Dionisio Garcia told CNA on Nov. 5. “We need to pick ourselves up, the … [Read more...]

Cuban archbishop encourages trust in God after Hurricane Sandy

Havana, Cuba, Nov 8, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- The president of the Cuban Bishops' Conference said the Church is doing everything possible to help the thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy, and urged the country to continue trusting in God. “Here in the Church we are trying to fix the things that can be fixed so that communities can continue celebrating the Eucharist with some dignity,” Archbishop Dionisio Garcia told CNA on Nov. 5. “We need to pick ourselves up, the … [Read more...]

Church in Guatemala reaches out to earthquake victims

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov 8, 2012 / 12:06 am (CNA).- A relief network operated by the local Catholic Church has launched operations to help the victims of a Nov. 7 earthquake that killed 15 people in Guatemala and destroyed dozens of homes. President Otto Perez Molina told reporters that 100 people are still missing. He placed the country on high alert and ordered public offices to close temporarily as a precaution against possible aftershocks. Molina said two thousand soldiers are … [Read more...]

Abortion supporters try to attack Buenos Aires cathedral

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 6, 2012 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 1 a mob of abortion supporters and anti-clerical leftists in Argentina tried to deface the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires but was turned away by the police and a human chain of Catholics.The would-be vandals marched from the capital city’s congressional building to May Square, where police stopped them from attacking the cathedral. The protestors were also met by a large number of Catholics, including many … [Read more...]

Ecuador to celebrate beatification of religious missionary

Quito, Ecuador, Nov 5, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Ecuador are preparing to mark the upcoming beatification of Sister Maria Troncatti, an Italian missionary who helped evangelize the country in the early 20th century. On Nov. 24 in the city of Macas, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, will preside at the beatification of Sister Maria, who was a member of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The Salesian superiors of … [Read more...]

Colombian bishop says gay ‘wedding’ by priest is fraud

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 5, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Colombia said the recent gay “wedding” officiated by a priest not incardinated in his diocese was fraudulent, as same-sex “marriage” is not recognized by the Catholic Church. In remarks to the Colombian bishops' news service, Bishop Jose Alejandro Castano Arbelaez of Cartago said Father Alberto Piedrahita – who was ordained in Canada  – cannot lawfully exercise the priesthood in … [Read more...]


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