- Jan 18, 2020
Christian Brother James Miller taught students and served as a vice principal at the La Sallian Christian Brothers school in this impoverished pocket of rural Guatemala. He also helped oversee a boarding home for male students from the surrounding indigenous communities.
At the close of their annual general assembly, the Central American bishops criticized Mexico’s new anti-immigration policies and rose to Pope Francis’s defense amid what they said have been false and hostile attacks following the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.
As political tensions mount in several countries throughout Latin America and local crises risk spinning out of control, the bishops in the region are trying desperately to get ahead of the game and calm all parties before things boil over.
The Guatemalan bishops’ migrant ministry has rejected talk of the U.S. and Guatemalan governments sending asylum-seekers to a remote and rugged jungle region rife with drug cartel activities. The bishops said conditions there are not secure for Guatemalan citizens, much less migrants.
The Honduran bishops’ conference said narcotics trafficking has permeated the Central American country’s institutions and accused politicians of colluding with organized crime.
Panama’s “Festival del Cristo Negro,” the festival of the “Black Christ,” is an important religious holiday for local Catholics. It honors a dark, life-sized wooden statue of Jesus, “Cristo Negro” – also known as “El Nazaraeno,” or “The Nazarene.”