Posts Tagged ‘Argentina’

Challenge of a continent Comments 0

Friday, June 6th, 2014

With an Argentinian Pope at the helm of the Catholic Church, populist politicians in Latin America are doing their best to enlist him in order to promote their agendas. Within a week of Francis’ election, the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claimed that the new Pope’s statements on the “option for the poor” were, in fact, Read more

Diego Maradona urges Pope Francis to transform Vatican Comments 0

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Former soccer star Diego Maradona has urged Pope Francis to transform the Vatican from “a lie” into an institution that gives more to the people. In an interview shown on an Italian television station, Dubai-based Maradona urged his fellow Argentine move ahead with reforms. “The Vatican, for me, is a lie because instead of giving to people it Read more

Argentina’s bishops speak out against violence in their nation Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Argentina’s Catholic bishops have spoken out about violence that is besetting their nation. In a statement released at their recent annual conference, the bishops said “We notice with pain and concern that Argentina is sick with violence. Some symptoms are clear, others more subtle”. “Criminal acts have not only risen in number, but in aggressiveness; a Read more

Child of lesbian couple baptised in Catholic Church in Argentina Comments 0

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

A child of a lesbian couple has been baptised in the Catholic Church in Argentina, in a first for the South American nation. The child’s godmother is Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner. Continue reading   Related Posts:Showdown in church over lesbian couple and baptismVatican-watcher names Pope Francis’s ‘ghostwriter’Man shot after being baptised in Honolulu Read more

Pope tours Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Pope Francis used to pick up La Nacion newspaper every day at a kiosk across from the city’s cathedral. Each edition was bound by a rubber band. But then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, being frugal, would save the rubber bands and return them in a ball at the end of every month. Guide Javier Cortese offered the anecdote Read more

Jury still out on Pope Francis Comments 0

Friday, March 14th, 2014

March is a wet month in Rome. It was raining when Pope Francis was elected on 13 March 2013, and it was pouring raining again when I was back there last week in preparation for his first anniversary. But nothing seems to dampen media enthusiasm for Francis and his approach to what he calls his Read more

Church dying or flourishing in Latin America? Comments 1

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Don’t cry for the Catholic Church in Argentina or anywhere else in Latin America. The church may have lost privileged status in many nations, and is dropping some market share to a rapidly growing Pentecostal movement. But the combination of increasing religious freedom and competition is also fuelling a Catholic renewal movement, and equipping the Read more

New book says Pope Francis acted like a secret agent Comments 4

Friday, October 11th, 2013

As Jesuit provincial in Argentina, Pope Francis showed the abilities, prudence and shrewdness of a secret agent to save the lives of more than 100 people during the nation’s Dirty War in the 1970s. This is the assessment of Italian journalist Nello Scavo, who has just released a book recounting Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s efforts Read more

Pope not wanted in Falklands dispute Comments 0

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

British government officials have dismissed a suggestion by Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner that Pope Francis could act as mediator in the two countries’ dispute over possession of the Falkland Islands. “The last thing we need is religion inserted in this,” said Michael Summers, a veteran Falklands legislator. Britain’s United Nations ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, agreed. Read more

With Pope Francis, will the Church become just another charity? Comments 0

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In June 1973 Juan Perón, the 77-year-old former Argentinian president, came home to Buenos Aires from exile in Franco’s Spain after an absence of 18 years. That same year Father Jorge Bergoglio of the Society of Jesus became the head of Argentina’s Jesuits at the age of 36. One day he would become pope. Perón Read more