- Apr 23, 2021
As Catholics around the world enter the holiest week in the Christian calendar, many are setting their plan for Church attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes in Latin America, one of the hardest hit regions in the world.
A trio of elections along South America’s Pacific Coast on April 11 could define how countries are governed, including church-state relationships, after several years of upheaval.
On March 15, Constanza Alva de Urmeneta got in the car behind the hearse for the funeral procession of her 15-year-old daughter, Pía Urmeneta. Typically, somber occasions, it was apparent from the second they drove off the church lot that this was instead a celebration of Pía’s life, just as she had wanted.
A Chilean bishop is urging civil disobedience after several regions of the country went into lockdown again to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, imposing heavy restrictions on the celebration of religious ceremonies.
In a message released Feb. 15, the bishops of Chile asked forgiveness once again from God and our brothers and sisters who have been abused, mistreated, excluded or ignored by some of their ministers.
A Chilean archbishop is being questioned for performing an “exorcism” over his diocese from an airplane in an attempt to cast out the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Not only were many situations in Latin America not put on pause by COVID-19 during 2020, they were actually exacerbated by the virus.
Cardinal-designate Celestino Aós Braco will take on his new role at one of the most critical times for Chile and its church in the past three decades.