- Aug 4, 2020
Catholic missionaries in Latin America say they have noticed disturbing signs of an increase in child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have detained a Catholic priest as a suspect in the killing of a 16-year-old who previously served as an altar boy in his church. The diocese has suspended the priest as a precaution.
Founded in 1966, the Italian-Latin American International Organization seeks to increase “economic, social, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation” between Latin American countries and Italy. Commemorating the organization’s 50th anniversary, Pope Francis said that to achieve the goal of promoting development and cooperation, the organization must first identify the potential of Latin American countries, who are “rich in history, culture, natural resources” and “good and caring” people.
Venezuela’s opposition warily welcomed on Tuesday the government’s release of four jailed activists, a response to the Vatican’s efforts to avert bloodshed and dampen acrimony in the oil-rich South American country.
A new documentary of a remarkable Haitian priest, Father Joseph Philippe, says that over a long career of mission, he spends part of almost every day arguing with God. “I want him to hurry up!” Philippe said. Otherwise, he added, “he gets an ‘I,’ for incomplete.”
With the oldest cathedral in the Americas and a long history as the base for evangelization of the continent, Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, is known as the “Primate of the Americas.” Pope Francis has again caused surprise by appointing a little-known bishop as its new head.