Posts Tagged ‘Paraguay’

Bishop ousted by Pope Francis dies, another off hook

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

A bishop ousted from a diocese in Paraguay by Pope Francis has died in Argentina from complications related to diabetes. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, 69, resigned as the ordinary of Ciudad del Este diocese last September, but the Holy See never specified why. The resignation came after an apostolic visitation of the diocese arranged by Read more

11-year-old Paraguayan rape victim has baby, sparks debate

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

An 11-year-old rape victim in Paraguay gave birth to a baby girl on August 13, stoking debate about abortion law in that country. The former partner of the 11-year-old’s mother is accused of the rape. The baby weighed 3.3 kilos and was born by caesarean section. Post-operative recovery is going well. Paraguayan law permits abortion Read more

Ousted bishop in spotlight over finances

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Questions are being raised about the spending decisions of a controversial Paraguayan bishop whom Pope Francis forced to resign. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano was told to step down last year as head of the diocese of Ciudad del Este. At the time, the Vatican cited unspecified “serious pastoral reasons”. The dismissal came after Francis sent Read more

Pope removes Opus Dei bishop to heal disunity

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Pope Francis has sacked a Paraguayan bishop affiliated to Opus Dei in order to try to mend divisions in the Church in that nation. On September 25, Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este diocese was removed to preserve the “unity of both the bishops and of the faithful”, according to a Vatican Read more

Paraguay diocese says accused priest came with Ratzinger OK

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A diocese in Paraguay says a priest accused of abuse in the United States was placed in ministry at then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s recommendation. Bishop Rogello Livieres Plano incardinated Fr Carlos Urrutigoty in Ciudad del Este diocese in 2005, where he was later appointed vicar-general. Recently the Vatican suspended ordinations to the priesthood in the diocese, following Read more

Vatican suspends ordinations in troubled Paraguay diocese

Friday, August 1st, 2014

The Vatican has suspended ordinations to the priesthood in Ciudad del Este diocese in Paraguay after an apostolic visitation by a senior cardinal. No public announcement has been made about the reason for the suspension, but it will remain in place until Pope Francis resolves difficulties in the diocese. The Vatican ordered an investigation following Read more

Paraguay bishop not upset by Presidential interruption of homily

Friday, September 14th, 2012
Paraguay president interrupts paraguay bishop homily on Genetically modified crops

Paraguay president Federico Franco recently interrupted the homily of Misiones Bishop, Mario Melanio Medina, in a parish church in Villa Florida. The president did not agree with the bishop’s comments on genetically modified crops. In his homily, Bishop Medina criticised the Paraguay government for allowing the importation of genetically altered corn and cotton seeds. Bishop Medina said Read more

Bishop says former Paraguay president used parishes politically

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Bishop Rogelio Livieres of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, said former president and ex-bishop Fernando Lugo swept local clergy into politics and turned parishes into his political committees. After a July 10 meeting with current president of Paraguay Federico Franco, Bishop Livieres said former Paraguay president had promised to abandon his political aspirations when he was Read more