Americas News :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Americas News
Mar 31, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- Local media in Nicaragua are reporting that despite the nation’s bishops’ conference suspending Mass and prohibiting large gatherings, the mayor of Granada is going ahead with an annual pilgrimage that the bishops had canceled.
Mar 31, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The bishops of Mexico have designated April 3, the Friday of Passion Week, as a National Day of Penance amid the spread of the coronavirus. The day is also the commemoration of the Seven Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mar 30, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Priests and volunteers have distributed more than 15,000 food baskets to Peruvians unable to work during the nation’s coronavirus pandemic lockdown. They say they aim to distribute 15,000 more.
Mar 25, 2020 - 12:00 am .- As Argentina remains under a government-ordered lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the bishops of Buenos Aires have called on priests to “generously” offer their ministry to the sick.
Mar 24, 2020 - 10:00 pm .- With their country under a nationwide stay-at-home order, parishioners at Saint Anthony of Padua parish in Lima, Peru, approached their pastor, Fr. Enrique Díaz, with the idea of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from the church’s roof.
Mar 20, 2020 - 05:48 pm .- A Peruvian bishop has rescinded permission for priests of his diocese to hear confessions by telephone, just five days after authorizing them to do so.
Mar 16, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- The Standing Committee of the Chilean bishops’ conference has expressed its concern over the time that has gone by since the outbreak of protests in the country without lawmakers making decisions to address the demands made by the public.
Mar 11, 2020 - 03:05 pm .- Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets March 10 in Caracas and other cities to demand democratic change, amid the ongoing economic, political and social crises in the country under the regime of President Nicholas Maduro.
Mar 10, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The Secretary General of the Organization of American States has drawn praise from pro-life leaders after saying it is “essential” that Article 4 of the American Convention on Human Rights be fully applied.
Mar 9, 2020 - 06:18 pm .- As the Argentine president prepares to send a bill to the legislature legalizing abortion, thousands attended a pro-life Mass March 8 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lujan.
Mar 9, 2020 - 06:10 pm .- A Peruvian cardinal has said that the Vatican has been asked to dissolve the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peruvian religious community whose founder sexually and psychologically abused members, and committed other abuses of power.
Mar 9, 2020 - 11:53 am .- A Mexico City march organized for International Women’s Day turned violent Sunday, when some demonstrators vandalized public structures and monuments, Church buildings, and businesses amid the march.
Mar 6, 2020 - 08:19 pm .- A Vancouver-based bicycling charity broke a long-standing partnership with a local Knights of Columbus group this week and rejected their donations of bikes over the Knight’s “anti-LGBTQ+” beliefs, The B.C. Catholic reported.
Mar 3, 2020 - 04:06 pm .- Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Monday to maintain the country's status quo on abortion, neither banning the practice entirely nor legalizing elective abortion up to 16 weeks.
Mar 2, 2020 - 05:06 pm .- Fr. Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan poet and Marxist liberation theology activist whose priestly faculties were long suspended for his assuming a public office, died Sunday at the age of 95.
Mar 2, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Canada is embracing “death on demand” in its healthcare laws, according to Cardinal Thomas Collins. The Archbishop of Toronto issued a strong denunciation of the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) laws in an op-ed published Monday, March 2.
Feb 27, 2020 - 09:35 am .- The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning parliament’s efforts to further expand medically assisted suicide to those who do not have terminal illnesses. 
Feb 26, 2020 - 02:30 pm .- Accompaniment for seminarians is critical in Cuba, a priest has said, reflecting that Cubans are “a tired people, a people without hope, it's a people that really feels helpless.”
Feb 25, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- The Canadian bishops' conference decried Monday the sexual misconduct of Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche International.
Feb 25, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The bill will introduce “new and modified safeguards” for people eligible for euthanasia but who are not predicted to die in the immediate future.