100,000 march for life in Peru

Lima, Peru, Mar 27, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA).- More than 100,000 Peruvians bore the heat on March 23 to take part in the Great March for Life 2013, voicing support for the defense of human life from conception to natural death.The marchers also expressed opposition to any efforts to legalize abortion in the country.The pro-life march, which began at 9 a.m. local time, stretched for ten blocks down one of Lima’s most important avenues. Entire families with their children and … [Read more...]

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Priest says Pope’s election bearing spiritual fruit in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 25, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Marcelo Pettinaroli, pastor of Our Lady of Carmen in Buenos Aires, said the election of Pope Francis has brought rich spiritual blessings to the country of Argentina.“There are more people coming to confession, the churches are full, and I think that this is a time of special grace for the universal Church and for the Church in Argentina,” Fr. Pettinaroli told CNA in a March 19 interview.While the … [Read more...]

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Claims that Pope supported gay civil unions disputed

CNA STAFF, Mar 22, 2013 / 09:21 am (CNA).- The director of the Catholic News Agency of Argentina (AICA) has told CNA that claims of Pope Francis supporting gay civil unions when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires are not true.Miguel Woites, who works directly with the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and the Apostolic Nunciature, dismissed statementes made by Sergio Rubin, the author of an interview with Cardinal Bergoglio entitled “Over Heaven and … [Read more...]

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Priest kidnapped in Argentina clears Pope of accusations

CNA STAFF, Mar 21, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Clarifying previous comments, a priest who was kidnapped during Argentina’s dictatorship in the 1970s is emphasizing that Pope Francis was not responsible for his detainment.In a statement published on the official website of the Jesuit order in Germany, Father Francisco Jalics said that while he once believed his 1976 kidnapping was due to a denunciation by then-Father Bergoglio, he realized some 20 years ago that this belief was … [Read more...]

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Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 21, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis surprised the owner of a kiosk in Buenos Aires with a telephone call to send his greetings and explain that he will no longer need a morning paper delivered each day.Around 1:30 p.m. local time on March 18, Daniel Del Regno, the kiosk owner’s son, answered the phone and heard a voice say, “Hi Daniel, it’s Cardinal Jorge.”He thought that maybe a friend who knew that the former … [Read more...]

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Pope’s favorite soccer team to give him honorary jersey

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 20, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis' favorite soccer team in Argentina plans to send him a personalized jersey with his name on it.The San Lorenzo Soccer Club in Buenos Aires announced on its website on March 18 that it was inspired to make the customized jersey because of “the repercussion that the election of the former Archbishop of the city of Buenos Aires as the supreme leader of the Catholic religion has had around the world.”The … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis honored in special Buenos Aires Mass

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 19, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, apostolic nuncio to Argentina, celebrated a special Mass of Thanksgiving to offer gratitude and prayers for Pope Francis as he begins his papacy.The March 17 Mass at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires began a three-day period of prayer for Pope Francis that culminated on March 19 with the official inauguration of his Pontificate.The hundreds of faithful gathered for the Mass broke out in applause numerous … [Read more...]

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