- May 25, 2020
At 51, Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar is the youngest prelate of El Salvador, and one notably influenced by his country’s Catholic martyrs.
“Faith is the greatest treasure of the poor!” the pope told a group of contemplative nuns in Madagascar Saturday, urging them to proclaim the faith to the poor, to help them strengthen that faith, so that they can live in hope.
Israel’s second largest annual Christian gathering became a vehicle to pray for peace as tensions between Israel and Palestinians living in Gaza intensified.
On the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, marking the anniversary of their monastery, a group of Carmelite nuns prayed for the conversation of the radical Islamic terrorist group ISIS and the healing of a broken world, repeating the name of Mary 1,000 times.
From Mexico to Peru and from Argentina to Venezuela, the past week has been chock full of Catholic drama in Latin America, including debates over gay marriage, a cloistered convent under investigation, and a cardinal taking on a president over shortages of food and medicine.
A police raid on a convent in Argentina, including describing a traditional religious article used for self-mortification as a form of ‘torture,’ is being denounced as disproportionate by Catholic leaders, especially in a country where apparently more serious crimes do not attract the same aggressive response.