Posts in South America
Prayers for Venezuela: Faith and famine in the ongoing economic crisis

Every day, state control intensifies at every level. All forms of demonstrations are prohibited. Cities across Venezuela have become militarized zones littered with heavily-armed soldiers and tanks. My friends, who are also journalists, have been fired from reporting the truth.

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'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro beholden to Catholic-Evangelical alliance

(NEWS ANALYSIS) Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro — dubbed by some political commentators as the “Trump of the Tropics” — has been dogged by controversy and scandal. The result? That Christian coalition of supporters, a U.S.-style religious right, could very well abandon Bolsonaro if he ultimately fails to deliver.

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The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

These African women’s activists say greater access to safe abortions will save women’s lives—and they believe that’s the most Christian response.

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Pope Francis has the chance to repair Catholicism at upcoming World Youth Day

(COMMENTARY) There is a spiritual hunger around the world. Pope Francis needs to get back to basics and focus on evangelization like John Paul II did during his papacy. This pope needs to be less political and more spiritual. He needs to break free from the labels that have been heaped on him by critics and supporters alike. He needs to get back to the universal message of the church that resonates in both industrialized nations and the developing world. 

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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage

From the Buenos Aires Herald. Newspapers from all over the world echoed and praised the Argentine Senate's decision to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making the country the first in Latin America and the tenth around the world to grant equal rights to homosexual couples.

Most of the dailies celebrated the achievement, calling it "historic" and branding Argentina as a "pioneer country."

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Politics, South Americanone
Ciudad Juarez: between God and the Devil

Ver en español. Visitors arriving in Cuidad Juarez can't help but notice the message on one of the hills overlooking the city: "Ciudad Juarez, the Bible is the truth. Read it."

Such outward expressions of faith could easily lead a visitor to think that Juarez is bursting with religious fervor, a place where its churches are influential and an important part of life.

But this is in fact not the case.

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Cuestionan cobertura periodística de terremoto en Chile

SANTIAGO DE CHILE - “¿Cómo se siente?” Esta simple pregunta formulada por decenas de periodistas a las víctimas del terremoto que afectó la zona centro y sur de Chile el 27 de febrero pasado, uno de los más grandes de la historia contemporánea, fue cuestionada por el Consejo de Etica de los Medios de Comunicación de Chile en un informe publicado recientemente que analizó la cobertura periodística de la catástrofe.

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Impunidad y religión en Chile

En 2005 el Tribunal Eclesiástico de la Iglesia Católica chilena recibió una denuncia contra uno de sus más destacados sacerdotes.

Se trataba de Fernando Karadima, de 80 años, párroco de una de las iglesias más importantes del barrio alto, capellán de colegios de la clase alta, fundador del movimiento "Acción Católica", por donde pasaron como adolescentes cinco actuales obispos católicos chilenos.

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Latin media see only Catholicism

Mexico City -- In wide-ranging discussions over three days last week, journalists from 6 Latin American nations spotlighted the media's peculiar religious blind spot in this overwhelmingly Christian region.  

The Latin American Summit of Christian Communicators (known by its Spanish acronymn CLICC), co-sponsored by The Media Project and Mexico's ENICCE group, focused on the role of Catholicism in Latin American media. 

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