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Priest denounced for abuse was arrested trying to leave the country

A Catholic priest denounced for alleged sexual abuse was arrested this morning (Thursday) when trying to leave the country through the area of Paso Canoas land border with Panama. The priest, identified as Jorge Arturo Morales Salazar, is alleged to have committed the acts against...

Costa Rica’s Church seeks forgiveness

The Catholic Church in Costa Rica on Friday asked for forgiveness and admitted that in the past the attention of cases of sexual crimes has not been adequate. In a message signed by the nine bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica, at the...

Aspiring Priests To Provide a “Hoja de Delincuencia” or criminal report to enter Seminary

In Costa Rica, one of the requirements of most employers when considering an applicant for a job is a "hoja de delincuencia", Spanish for criminal or police record. Daily, people line up at the Poder Judicial offices across the country or go online to obtain...

President of Legislature Miffed Over Ash Wednesday Mass During Working Hours

The president of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo, expressed her displeasure over the Catholic Church's Ash Wednesday mass taking place in the Salón de Expresidentes (Ex-president's hall), on Wednesday, during working hours, without the proper permission. For his part, Catholic priest Sergio Valverde denounced the...

Catholic Priest Faces Criminal Trial in Costa Rica and The Vatican For Sexual Abuse of A Minor

Manuel Antonio Guevara Fonseca, a priest from the Santo Domingo de Heredia parish, was arrested Thursday morning outside of his house in downtown Heredia, for allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. This morning, Friday, after spending the night in the jail cells of the...

Catholic Church Expels For Life Costa Rica Priest For Allegations of Sexual Abuse

The Vatican endorsed the expulsion of Mauricio Víquez Lizano, 54, from the clerical state for life, following complaints against him for sexual abuse, informed Monday night the Curia Metropolitana in San Jose. Costa Rica last week issued an international arrest warrant for the now ex-priest Víquez,...

Argentine Novice Speaks Out Against Torture, Abuse in Convent

Novices in Argentina have begun sharing their experiences of abuse, torture, and humiliation executed within the walls of the convent by their priests. “He sent me to the basement alone to clean it. A while later, he appeared behind me telling me that I was...

Ortega Government Accepts To Negotiate, Business Sector Welcomes “Opening Of Door”

The government of Nicaragua admitted Saturday night “the need for an understanding” to resolve the crisis, after a meeting with businessmen and the Catholic Church, to which the US ambassador, Kevin Sullivan, expressed his support, noting that the negotiations must produce “real-time solutions for...

New evidence incriminates Bishop Silvio Báez in coup and terrorist conspiracy

A new audio from Bishop Silvio Báez, a member of the Conferencia Episcopal de Nicaragua (Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua), confirms that he and other members of the Catholic hierarchy conspired and encouraged the social chaos to destabilize the people of Nicaragua, reports Nicaragua’s official...

Catholic Church opens reception centers for Nicaraguan refugees

(ACI Prensa) The Diocese of Quesada in Costa Rica has set up two reception centers to serve the Nicaraguan refugees fleeing the violence that has plagued their country for nearly four months. The centers are offering food, clothing, and orientation materials for those passing through...

“If the President Arrives At Mass, I Will No Give Him Communion”

"If the President arrives at mass, I will not give him communion," are the words of Catholic priest Sixto Varela, who over the weekend questioned President Carlos Alvarado after the latter participated in the solemn celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The parish priest...

Nicaragua: “There Are Decades Where Nothing Happens And There Are Weeks Where Decades Take Place”

“From now on the History of Nicaragua is decided by the people and nobody else,” was the resounding message of Monsignor Silvio José Báez, launched on Saturday during the gigantic march of repudiation against the massacre of fifty young Nicaraguans, has two direct recipients:...

Thousands People Join Anti-Government March in Nicaragua

Thousands in Nicaraguans marched through the capital Managua on Saturday in a mass demonstration to demand justice following a wave of protests and violence for more than 10 days, that an unofficial toll of more than 62 people dead. During the rally organized by the...

Catholic Church Agrees to Mediate following Violent Protests in Nicaragua

The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua (ECN) agreed on Tuesday to be the mediator and witness of a dialogue proposed by the Daniel Ortega administration to overcome a crisis and ongoing demonstrations that have left at least 30 people dead and 428 injured, according to...

Argentine Bishop’s New Law Orders Priests: ‘Hands Off Children’

Priests in Argentina are now banned from touching children under new guidelines intended to help curb pedophilia in the Catholic church, but relatives of survivors say the move doesn't go far enough. New ecclesiastical legislation from Archbishop of Parana Juan Alberto Puiggari, in the province...

A Literary Giant Recognized

The National Prize for Culture Magón (Premio Nacional de Cultura Magón in Spanish) is the most important literary and cultural award given by the Government of Costa Rica. It recognizes a lifelong contribution to culture by a Costa Rican citizen. It was recently announced...

Politics and Religion Don’t Mix

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) - elections tribunal -  has ordered the Catholic and Evangelist church from politicking from the pulpit or unlawful church electioneering.

San Jose’s Metropolitan Cathedral; A Good Reason to go to Church

Why do we go to church? If we are religious, we go to worship God. However, some of us go because it is a social event; or for others, we go because it is a social obligation (we are expected to go). When we...

Church and State in Nicaragua: Letter From Managua

A bishop in Managua’s Metropolitan Cathedral, May 2009. Between 2013 and 2015, the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega spent roughly US$3.2 million installing decorative metal trees in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. The “trees of life,” as they are called, weigh more than seven metric tons...

Costa Rica Bishops Attack CCSS For Providing Contraceptives To Teenagers

The plan of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund  - to introduce the subdermal contraceptive implants method to Costa Rica's teenagers was condemned by the Episcopal Conference, the highest authority of the Catholic Church in the country. For Costa...

Emigrants from Africa and Asia increase, Catholic Church Denounces Government’s Indifference

The tragic incident of the sinking of the boat carrying migrants from Africa and Mongolia last Friday (Sept. 1) in the waters off Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast, confirms that in recent months the number of people trying to reach the United States has increased. In...

Children Having Children

QFEATURED (By Linda Forsel) Last year I was told the story of a man who sexually abused five generations of women in his family and produced babies as a result of the assaults. The youngest of his victims was three years old when he...

Downpours Can’t Stop The Faith!

The illustration by Crhoy.com depicts what 'romeros' (pilgrims) went through yesterday (Monday) afternoon's downpour as they make they way to Cartago in the annual 'romeria' (pilgrimage). More downpours are expected for this Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of Catholic faithful from across the country are expected to descend...

Married priests and female deacons? What the Pope’s politics look like from Latin America

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Monza Park in Milan, Italy, March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi – RTX32OEJ Priests are Catholicism’s greatest figures: shepherds who manage the relationship with the divine. But their numbers have been dwindling worldwide since the 1930s. In Argentina, the Church lost...

Vatican Backs Venezuelan Catholic Church’s Resistance to Maduro Regime

Venezuela’s Catholic Church has taken a strong stance against Maduro’s administration. (Efecto Cocuyo)TODAY VENEZUELA – The Vatican reportedly supports the Venezuelan Catholic Church in its request to parishioners to “rebel in a peaceful and democratic way against the Chavez dictatorship” led by President Nicolas...

Catholic Church Weddings Losing Ground in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In 2013, 27% of the marriages in Costa Rica were in a Catholic church, while in 2000 the number was 43%. In real numbers, the drop went from 10,500 Church weddings in 2000 to just a little over 7,000 thirteen years later. Meanwhile, civil...

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