- Oct 19, 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.
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.
Pope Francis often uses his regularly scheduled appearances, as in his Sunday addresses to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, as opportunities for highlighting terrible things going on around the world. Today was no different when he offered prayers for victims of a fire in Guatemala who were also young victims of violence and exploitation.
The Green Coffee project, a program of Catholic Relief Services and Caritas San Marcos, is helping cooperative members in Guatemala with better planting techniques and soil management to improve the quality in coffee beans. They hope to help people stay in the country.
Pope Francis recently recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest serving the poor in Guatemala who was murdered there in 1981, whose biographer describes him as “an ordinary person, who desired to love God with his whole heart, mind, and body.”
Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, who was brutally murdered in Guatemala during the country’s civil war while he administered to the poor. Rother, of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, will become the first martyr born in the United States.