Nicaraguan regime represses public faith exhibitions

Catholics turned out in large numbers to celebrate Holy Week in Nicaragua. But the ruling Sandinista regime prohibited public exhibitions of faith -- such as processions and reenactments of the passion of Christ -- as it continued exercising control over religious activities

Mexican bishops remain open to dialogue with drug cartels

The news stunned Mexico: Four bishops from southern Guerrero state acknowledged in mid-February that they had met with drug cartel bosses to broker a possible truce.

The talks failed to produce a peace accord, but achieved agreement that the cartel would cease attacks

Priests in Buenos Aires decry cuts in programs for poor

Priests working in the shanty towns surrounding Buenos Aires have denounced cuts to a fund for programs in poor communities, calling it a "step backwards" during an economic crisis.

The warning followed a Feb. 26 decision by the government of Argentina's libertarian President

Mexican presidential hopefuls meet Pope Francis

Mexico's two main presidential candidates have met with Pope Francis in the prelude to the country's election campaigns, marking a further retreat from the country's previously strictly secular political culture as they court voters in the predominantly Catholic country.

Claudia Sheinbaum, candidate for

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