- Jun 3, 2020
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.
Many Salvadoran expats living in the Washington area were celebrating the elevation of Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez to a cardinal June 28 at the Vatican. Many believe that Chavez will be able to bring dialogue and peace to a nation often divided by conflict and violence.
Born in 1942 to a farming family in Sociedad, Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez was ordained a priest of the Diocese of San Miguel in 1970. Under Blessed Oscar Romero, he headed the Archdiocese of San Salvador’s communications office. He will be El Salvador’s first cardinal.
The nonprofit Washington Office on Latin America, or WOLA, has launched the Central America Monitor, a way of tracking U.S. assistance and its impact on the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries of Latin America — Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador — that receive the bulk of the aid.
Despite the stereotypical American conceit that the world revolves around us, Pope Francis almost certainly wasn’t thinking of Donald Trump when he named five new cardinals on Sunday, just ahead of his meeting today with the U.S. President. Still, the timing is arresting: Just ahead of receiving the de facto leader of the center, the pontiff made a powerful statement about the peripheries.
A parishioner of an upscale church in Georgetown has found a new home in El Salvador where she finds that the Stations of the Cross are a often a reality rather than a symbolic act on Easter. “Every week is Holy Week here,” because of the suffering, says Margie Legowski.