Category Archives: Catholicism in the Americas

On Pope Francis, Peronism, and the History of Catholicism in Latin America

Last week, the New York Times ran an important editorial, “The Peronist Roots of Pope Francis’ Politics,” that raised some important issues about a recent piece in The Economist on Pope Francis. The editorial, by Uki Goñi, does an excellent job in  contextualizing why The … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Catholicism in the Americas, Latin America, Religion in Latin America

Attempts to Address Past Injustices for Indigenous Peoples

A couple of stories worth noting regarding indigenous peoples in Latin America last week. The more visible one came from Pope Francis’s trip to Latin America. At his stop in Bolivia, he gave an address that, in addition to calling … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Catholicism in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Latin America, Pope Francis

Around Latin America

  -Though the higher-profile case, the conviction of Guatemala’s Efraín Ríos Montt was not the only triumph for human rights and justice last week. In Uruguay, General Miguel Dalmao was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in the murder of … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Brazil, Catholicism in the Americas, Colombia, Cuba, Economics in the Americas, Gender and Sexuality, Haiti, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mexico, Neoliberalism, Strikes, Uruguay, Uruguay's Military Dictatorship (1973-1985)

Get to Know a Brazilian – Nhá Chica

This is another entry in the usually-weekly series Get to Know a Brazilian. This week, we turn from the political activism among women during Brazil’s military dictatorship to look at an increasingly important figure in Brazil’s religious iconography: Nhá Chica. Nhá Chica was … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Still dealing with the loss to Chile of its only route to the Pacific 140 years ago, Bolivia is set to take its case to the International Court of Justice, a move that Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has said would open … Continue reading

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One Step Closer to Saint Oscar Romero?

In a not-insignificant symbolic move, Pope Francis has opened the path for the beatification of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, whom a government-sponsored right-wing death squad assassinated while Romero conducted mass in March of 1980. Beatification is the third of four … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism in the Americas, El Salvador, Religion in Latin America

On the Vatican’s Relations with the Pinochet Regime

Wikileaks recently released another wave of documents, many of them coming from the Kissinger years. While much of these items are available to scholars in archives, their broader dissemination is still useful. Among the released documents are cables revealing the … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Catholicism in the Americas, Chile, Human Rights Violations, International Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, The "Disappeared", Torture | 2 Comments

Around Latin America

-While many in the Americas celebrated the announcement of the first American pope last year, not all citizens (including Catholic clergy) in Francis I’s home country are pleased with Bergoglio or the Catholic hierarchy in Argentina. -It appears the long national … Continue reading

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On the Selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francisco

As most are aware by now, Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope, the first time a Pope is from Latin America. (In addition to being the first Latin American pope, he’s also the first Jesuit pope.) There … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Brazil, Buenos Aires, Catholicism in the Americas, Human Rights Violations, Religion in Latin America, The "Disappeared", Torture | 13 Comments

Thoughts on Benedict XVI’s Resignation and Latin America

Much of the western hemisphere woke up this morning to the surprising news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of the month, becoming the first pope to resign in nearly 700 years. This is obviously a major … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism in the Americas, Central America, Latin America, Latin American History, Religion in Latin America, Social Movements, South America | 2 Comments