Mary Jo McConahay is a longtime contributor to National Catholic Reporter and a prize-winning author, documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist who has reported from two dozen countries over 30 years. Her work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek,, Time and California Lawyer. She is the author of Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest and Ricochet, Two Women War Reporters and a Friendship Under Fire. Her book, Tango War: The Struggle between the Axis and the Allies for the Hearts, Minds and Resources of Latin America, 1933-1945, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2018.

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Cardinal-designate has defended indigenous people, migrants for decades

For over 30 years, Bishop Álvaro Ramazzini has championed social justice for those on the margins in Guatemala, weathering death threats as a peace mediator and advocating for the environment.

Reporter's notebook: Tracking Bishop Ramazzini over the years

Reporter's Notebook: Memories of previous reporting assignments in Guatemala testify to the dedicated character of the now future cardinal Álvaro Ramazzini.

Guatemalan people celebrate Fr. Stanley Rother's beatification

Sept. 23, the people of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala celebrated the beatification of their beloved "Padre Apla's" with an outpouring of prayer, song and splendid display that commemorated his violent death and road to sainthood as the first U.S.-born martyr.

Argentina's past dictatorship: Moving toward denial?

Buenos Aires -- A May 3 Argentina Supreme Court ruling opens the door for early release of people convicted of crimes against humanity during the military dictatorship 1976-1983.