The archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that Fr. Stanley Rother, a North American priest who was brutally murdered in Guatemala in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23.
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We say: The martyrdom of Fr. Stanley Rother forces U.S. Catholics, to confront the complicity of our culture — and by extension, of each of us — in his martyrdom.
Take and Read: Un tal Jesús foregrounds Jesus' humanness and his vision of the reign of God, with Latin American village life woven into the narrative world.
On a recent Tuesday morning, Sr. Magdalena Pascual stood in front of an open black metal door and looked toward the woman inside. The woman wore red platform shoes, black leather hot pants, a red T-shirt and black vest. She was 30 years old but had the weary look of someone much older.
A bed behind her with one white sheet caught the pale glow of a bare lightbulb that hung from the warped ceiling. Cracks in the walls rivered toward a mirror hanging beside a calendar. A broom and a bucket stood in one corner.
Preview: Two sisters in the neighboring Central American countries of Guatemala and Honduras care for the same kinds of children.
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Official says rival gang leader targeted former army Capt. Lima Oliva, who was involved in the assassination of Bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998.
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