Peruvian Archbishop Salvador Pineiro Garcia-Calderon of Ayacucho said May 16 that Pope Francis is considering dedicating a meeting of the Synod of Bishops to the concerns of the indigenous people of the Amazon region.
Latin American bishops will discuss the evolving political crisis in Venezuela during a four-day long assembly in El Salvador in which they are reiterating calls for the church to "go forth" and serve the poor and disadvantaged.
The Latin America bishops' council, known by its Spanish acronym, CELAM, formed a special commission, headed by the president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference, Archbishop Diego Padron Sanchez of Cumana, to study the situation and make recommendations.
Pope Francis accepted the early retirement request of Italian Bishop Gianfranco Todisco, who begged to be allowed to return to missionary work or to be sent "to the farthest, most disadvantaged" diocese.
The number of Catholics worldwide is rising fastest in Africa while the church continues to suffer from a shortage of priests in some parts of the world. According to the Vatican’s latest statistics, the number of Catholics globally rose 1 percent, to 1.3 billion, in 2015.
Eco Catholic: A Peruvian court ordered the government to ensure that two oil companies suspend operations and withdraw from the lease until a consultation is held.
Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin.
Testifying before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights here March 17, indigenous and church representatives from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil told of people being forced to leave their homes and communities pitted against each other because some support a mining company while others oppose it.
New York -- In response to the pope's Jan. 1 message, advocates for peace-making said nonviolent campaigns are becoming increasingly successful and common, violent insurgencies increasingly rare and unsuccessful.
Pope Francis will be visiting Colombia in mid-September as the Latin American nation works to implement a new peace deal and rebuild after 52 years of war.
The Vatican announced March 10 that the pope had accepted the invitation of President Juan Santos and the Colombian bishops.
The trip, Sept. 6-11, will include visits to the cities of Bogota, Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena. Details of the trip were to be published at a later date.
More than 40 theologians and scholars from Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, Spain and the US brought their expertise in liberation theology to a weeklong gathering at Boston College.
The deletion of a paragraph about command responsibility affects Colombian prosecutors' ongoing investigations of generals in the "false positives" scandal in which the military is accused murdering civilians.