- Sep 22, 2020
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.”
Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) is a training and support program for teenagers and young adults in El Progreso, Honduras.
Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno has watched migrants leave this crossroads in northern Honduras for decades, starting with his own brother, who left for the United States in 1989.
Migrants have abandoned rural Guatemala in droves in recent years and currently comprise the largest nationality of detainees on the U.S. southern border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics.
The next president of Guatemala will be Alejandro Giammattei, a former prison system director, who captured 58 percent of the vote after multiple failed attempts at winning public office.
Guatemalan bishops oppose the idea of entering into an agreement with the U.S. government to deem it a “safe third country” for asylum-seekers.