Church in the Americas

  • Pope urges Colombia’s leaders to peace and reconciliation

    Address: Meeting with Authorities, the Diplomatic Corps and Representatives of Civil Society Bogotá Thursday, 7 September 2017 I offer my cordial greetings to Your Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Columbia, and I thank you for your kind invitation to visit this nation at a particular...

  • Pope Francis meets Colombia’s bishops

    Address: Meeting with the Colombian Bishops Bogotá Thursday, 7 September 2017 Peace be with you This was the greeting of the Risen Lord to his little flock after he triumphed over death.  Let it be my own greeting to you at the beginning of my visit. Thank you for your words of welcome.  I am [&h...

  • Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

    On Saturday the Vatican released the official logo for Pope Francis’s upcoming January 2018 visit to Peru, the fifth most populous Latin American nation. It features an image of Francis over a map of the country, symbolizing his “closeness”, hands raised in prayer, praise and joy f...

  • Pope Francis Sends Warm Wishes to Knights of Columbus

    Pope Francis sent his warm greetings and gratitude to the Knights of Columbus in a letter by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. The Knights are joined in their 135th Supreme Convention, August 1-3 in St Louis.  Fr Michael J. McGivney, founded the organization in 1882 to render ...

  • Vatican announces Pope Francis’ visit Colombia in September

    The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Colombia from 6 to 11 September 2017. A communique from the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the Holy Father will visit the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena: “Accepting the invitation of ...

  • Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: ‘I will get rid of and totally destroy the...

    President Trump delivered remarks (you can watch the video of it above) at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning: It was the great Thomas Jefferson who said, the God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Jefferson asked, can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction th...

  • US Bishops Respond to Trump Executive Order Addressing Refugee Admissions

    Editor’s Note: The following is the U.S. bishops’ Jan. 27 statement on the Trump administration executive order. WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump issued today an executive order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive or...

  • Missing priest in Mexico found dead

    The body of Father Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes, a priest in northern Mexico who had been missing since Jan. 3, was found on Thursday, his diocese announced. “We confirm with profound sadness that our brother Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes, a diocesan priest for whom we tirelessly searched, with t...

  • Third priest in a week found dead in Mexico

    The attorney general of the central-western Mexican state of Michoacan said a priest was found shot dead Sunday, becoming the third cleric to be kidnapped and killed in the country within a week. Fr Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen is thought to be the 31st priest killed in the country since 2006. A missi...

  • EWTN’s Mother Angelica dies at the age of 92

    Mother Angelica, the foundress of the EWTN Catholic Television Network, died on Easter Sunday at the age of 92, years after suffering a debilitating stroke. The Poor Clare nun started the Eternal Word Television Network in 1981, and since then it has grown into one of the largest religious media ent...