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Venezuelan bishops denounce pro-government bias in elections


Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 22, 2017 / 06:02 am (ACI Prensa).- The Venezuelan bishops’ conference has criticized bias by the National Electoral Council in favor of the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro during last Sunday’s regional elections. The regime took 18 out of 23 disputed governorships, amid allegations of fraud leveled by the opposition. The […]

Five keys to Catholic education, according to Cardinal Versaldi


Santiago, Chile, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education “to respond in depth to the current challenges of society.” The cardinal participated in Chile’s Sixth National Congress on Catholic Education, Oct. 12-13, organized by the Chilean […]

Chilean Cardinal offers warm welcome to Syrian refugees


Santiago, Chile, Oct 18, 2017 / 12:26 am (CNA).- Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who will be living in the country. These 14 families, consisting of 34 adults and 32 children, traveled more than 20 hours from […]

World Youth Day cross, Marian icon console Mexican earthquake victims


Oaxaca, Mexico, Oct 5, 2017 / 12:07 am (ACI Prensa).- A team of pilgrims representing World Youth Day 2019 offered a message of hope and consolation to Mexicans impacted by a devastating Sept. 7 earthquake. On Oct. 2, the team visited areas affected by the earthquake with the official World Youth Day Pilgrim Cross and […]

Pope Francis will re-use popemobiles for his Chile trip


Santiago, Chile, Sep 28, 2017 / 03:59 pm (ACI Prensa).- The commission planning Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Chile has announced that the popemobiles which the Holy Father will use in the country have all been used during previous papal trips. “We’ve made an agreement with the Vatican to reuse the popemobiles so as to […]

Mexico City archdiocese offers free medical care for earthquake victims


Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 26, 2017 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, the Archdiocese of Mexico City has announced that anyone needing medical care can go to the Catholic Church’s clinics and hospitals even if they are unable to pay. On Sept. 19, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake devastated Mexico […]

Catholic group continues Blessed Stanley Rother’s work in Guatemala


Oklahoma City, Okla., Sep 25, 2017 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father John Goggin was serving as a missionary priest in Guatemala on July 28, 1981, when he was woken up early with the news that Father Stanley Rother, from the parish just up the road, had been killed in the night by a government-backed […]

Paraguay’s government rejects gender ideology


Asunción, Paraguay, Sep 24, 2017 / 02:42 pm (ACI Prensa).- Paraguay Secretary of Education, Enrique Riera told reporters that the country’s constitution recognizes “the traditional family” consisting of “dad, mom, and children,” and stated that the government would remove from schools all material promoting false gender ideology, introduced by the previous administration. At a September […]

Church collapses in Mexico quake during baptism, killing several


Puebla, Mexico, Sep 21, 2017 / 02:46 pm (ACI Prensa).- On Sept. 19, a family in Puebla, Mexico was attending the baptism of their daughter when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the church, cracking the dome above them, which collapsed and fell on top of them. At least 11 people were killed when the Church of […]