The Apostolic Vicariate of Yurimaguas in the east of Peru is mostly in the Amazon rain forest, in an area that is home to various different indigenous Indian groups. The 224,000 or so Catholics in this region live scattered over an area greater than many small European countries. There are just 25 priests to care for them, and these priest all face long, difficult and dangerous journeys as part of their mission.
“Mary tells us that she has ‘the honor’ of being our mother, assuring us that those who suffer do not weep in vain. These tears are a silent prayer rising to heaven, always finding a place in Mary’s mantle.” Pope Francis
Some 40 percent of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Catholics live in Latin America, but the continent has seen a decline in the Catholic population. Latin America’s biggest challenge? How to engage the Catholic flock in ways that deepen their knowledge and love of the faith, thus boosting their engagement in and faithfulness to the Church.
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It is not easy to fit in all these 91 young men in a single photo… They are the seminarians currently studying at the diocesan seminary of Our Lady in the Diocese of Sonson-Rionegro in the south of Colombia. It is a diocese rich in vocations: from 1980, the year it was founded, to the …
Few people have summarized the importance of the priesthood more trenchantly than Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the famous Curé of Ars: “Without the sacrament of ordination, we would not have the Lord. Who placed him in the Tabernacle? The priest!”
Venezuela is descending ever deeper into crisis. The people are desperate and bitter, violence is growing, the murder rate is rising, and many are looking for refuge and solace in drugs. Meanwhile, the Church is committed to standing by those who are suffering, trying to give them hope. In these difficult times, Bishop Raùl Biord …