- Aug 6, 2020
Public liturgies were suspended throughout most of Latin America in March to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and ever since there have been campaigns to “bring back the Mass,” and discussions between bishops conferences and governments to see if churches – and other houses of prayer – can be opened.
After a video of the faithful asking the bishops to “give us back the Mass” after public liturgical celebrations were suspended to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, several Argentine prelates answered with one saying that they found the campaign to be “noise.”
A Spanish-born Jesuit who dedicated his life to the study of Paraguay’s Guarani people died one day shy of his 87th birthday.
Though Cardinal-designate Cristobal Lopez Romero was born in Spain, his dual citizenship with Paraguay has meant his friends in that South American country have been celebrating the fact that he will be their nation’s first cardinal.
Hundreds of Catholic parishioners in Paraguay donned bird-like costumes and paraded down the streets this week to honor a 16th century saint said to possess miraculous powers.
It does not matter if it is in a demonstration against the International Monetary Fund or to support a small displaced indigenous community, Spanish Jesuit Francisco de Paula Oliva, 90, will be there.