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For World Youth Day, Panama Church wants to reveal country’s true face

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“It will be necessary to maintain the dynamism of World Youth Day, to continue the work, because there is a tendency in Panama to rely on the superficial, the emotional, and the sentimental. Hence, the importance of educating the faithful and the young about the social doctrine of the Church,”

In Cuba, a family finds new life, fulfilment in the Church

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“At that time, all I had was my family, my farm and my hogs, and I was fine with that. But deep inside, there was an empty space that only the love of God could fill.”

In Venezuela, the march toward a totalitarian state continues

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“These measures are aimed at realizing the socialist project and imposing the communist model, cost what it may, even in terms of the suffering of the people.”

From Colombia, a story of forgiveness without limits

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“On May 19, 2005, attending to my son’s vault in a mausoleum I felt a need to look up, and I saw a sculpture depicting the Pietà. I said to the Virgin: ‘Madrecita (dear Mother), forgive me for crying for my son, when I should stay calm because I had the blessing of being a mother.’”

Venezuelan Church rejects elections, warns of ‘catastrophe’

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“These elections will not resolve the problem of the social crisis, and for that reason they are without legitimacy. These elections should be postponed, because in reality they are neither legal nor democratic.”

In a Rio favela, a 12-year-old girl has bullet-proof faith

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LAÍS MARIA PEREIRA da Silva, 12, was born and raised in a part of Rio de Janeiro called Complexo da Maré , which comprises one …

‘Nobody comes away unmoved from the Night of Witnesses’

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“We wish to honor the ‘martyrs’ of our times and we feel that remembering them once a year is the very minimum we can do for them.”

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for priests

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“This is why we are directing an urgent appeal to the federal government of Mexico, to the authorities of the various states, and to the city governments: we want them all to guarantee that pastoral care can safely be carried out in regions beset by uncontrolled, growing violence. We cannot remain silent!”

Pope Francis goes to Chile as a messenger of peace for society as a whole

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“For a country that has been painfully hit by the legalization of abortion, the papal visit brings renewed hope to the lives of Christians.”

Research project honors the martyrs of El Salvador

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“When someone sacrificed his life for something, then it is worth asking why he did so.” That statement by Franciscan Father Tomás Ciaran O’Nuanain, an Irish missionary in El Salvador, goes to the heart of the mission of the newly-established Office of Lay Martyrs of the Church in El Salvador.

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