- Sep 20, 2020
Sister Marita Rother will be among those participating in a beatification ceremony for her brother Father Stanley Rother on September 23, in Oklahoma City. Pope Francis acknowledged Rother’s martyrdom in December, making the Okarche, Oklahoma, native the first recognized martyr to have been born in the United States.
Bishops in Guatemala have expressed their concern after President Jimmy Morales plunged the nation into a political crisis Aug. 27 by declaring “non grata” a Colombian prosecutor who was the commissioner of an international anti-corruption commission. The commission’s work has led to a series of prominent prosecutions of politicians and ultimately led to the country’s then-President Otto Perez Molina being removed from office in 2015.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, said the fact that someone as humble and from such ordinary beginnings as Father Stanley Rother was called to holiness and martyrdom, means “that all of us, no matter our beginnings, our circumstances, are called to holiness as well.”
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.