Church in the Americas

  • Apostolic Journey to Chile: Holy Mass in Lobito Campus

    MASS OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAYER FOR CHILE Lobito Campus (Iquique) Thursday, 18 January 2018   HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS   “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee” (Jn 2:11). These are the final words of the Gospel we just heard, which describe...

  • Churches attacked in Chile ahead of Pope’s visit

    Just days before Pope Francis’ visit to Chile, three Catholic churches in the capital of Santiago were attacked by unknown assailants. A fourth church – Christ the Poor Man Shrine – was targeted by a bomb threat and was subsequently investigated by a bomb squad. Hours before, Saint Elizabe...

  • 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...