Beatification process for Bolivian Indian moves forward

La Paz, Bolivia, Aug 15, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Francisco Tito Yupanqui, a 16th century Indian from the Aymara Tribe famous for sculpting the statue of Our Lady of Copacabana, is one step closer to becoming the first Bolivian saint. Bishop Jesus Juarez of El Alto, in the province of Copacabana, has formed a historical commission as the first important step on towards beatification. The group's members include the National Rector of the Bolivian Catholic University, … [Read more...]

Colombian diocese laments death of priest who was attacked

Cucuta, Colombia, Aug 14, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Cucuta in Colombia condemned the death of Father Pablo Emilio Sanchez Alabarracin, who died from the injuries he sustained during a break-in at his parish rectory. In a statement, the diocese said that the community, “together with its bishop, priests, deacons, seminarians, men and women religious...laments the loss of Father Pablo.” Fr. Sanchez died on Aug. 11, three days after being robbed and stabbed … [Read more...]

Peruvian cardinal reflects on struggle of 1997 hostage crisis

Lima, Peru, Aug 9, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the presentation of a new book on his experiences during the 1997 hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy in Lima, Cardinal Juan Cipriani recalled the days as “very difficult.” The cardinal noted that “a lot of faith, a lot of prayers,” went into the ordeal in which he acted on behalf of the Vatican in seeking a peaceful solution. In December of 1996, a group of terrorists stormed the Japanese embassy in … [Read more...]

Cardinal urges newly ordained to not let priestly life become routine

Lima, Peru, Aug 7, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Juan Cipriani of Lima exhorted a group of five newly ordained priests not allow their ministries to become mundane, and to remember that friendship with Christ means sacrifice for others. “Don’t let the treasure of the sacrament of holy orders be harmed by routine. Let your faith allow you to see the light,” Cardinal Cipriani said at the Mass of ordination for the new priests on Aug. 4. “Remember always the day … [Read more...]

Pope encourages generosity from Argentineans for the poor

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 6, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is calling on Argentineans to be generous during a special collection to be held in the country on Sept. 9.   Locals should “bring a word of encouragement and an effective display of charity to those most in need,” he said in a message to the country's bishops. The Pope's appeal was sent to the president of the Bishops' Committee on Aid to Regions Most in Need, Bishop Adolfo … [Read more...]

Cardinal lauds St. Juan Diego for imparting the faith to Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 2, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City praised the 14th century saint Juan Diego for teaching the Catholic faith to locals through humble obedience to Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Juan Diego, “on the tenth anniversary of your canonization, thank you for teaching us to live the faith, thank you for teaching us the way of true conversion,” the cardinal said during a July 30 Mass. In his homily, Cardinal Rivera … [Read more...]

Cardinal lauds St. Juan Diego for imparting the faith to Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 2, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City praised the 16th century saint Juan Diego for teaching the Catholic faith to locals through humble obedience to Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Juan Diego, “on the tenth anniversary of your canonization, thank you for teaching us to live the faith, thank you for teaching us the way of true conversion,” the cardinal said during a July 30 Mass. In his homily, Cardinal Rivera … [Read more...]


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