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...]

Cuban officials slammed for jailing dissident’s disabled son

Havana, Cuba, Nov 2, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cuban dissident Rosa Maria Rodriguez has denounced the local government for imprisoning her mentally impaired son as retaliation for her refusal to leave the opposition. Rodriguez's son, Yosvany Melchor, is a 29-year-old man with psychiatric problems and no criminal background.   However, since 2010 he has been serving a twelve-year prison sentence after being convicted of human trafficking in trial his mother characterized as … [Read more...]

Pope urges Argentineans to renew zeal for faith

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 1, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to participants in an Argentinean conference on evangelization, encouraging them to promote the growth of the faith in their country. In his statement, the Pope encouraged local Catholics “to continue to pursue with renewed apostolic zeal everything that can contribute more effectively to the development and strengthening of the supernatural life of grace in all Christians and people of … [Read more...]

Uruguay Jesuits condemn priest’s abortion support

Montevideo, Uruguay, Nov 1, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of Jesus in Uruguay has expressed “deep regret” over statements made to reporters by local priest Father Jose Ignacio Gonzalez Faus, who voiced support for the legalization of abortion. In remarks published Oct. 22 by La Daria, Fr. Gonzalez Faus said he supported the legalization of procedure after the government of Uruguay passed a bill allowing the practice up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. … [Read more...]