Guatemalan Bishop Álvaro Ramazzini Imeri is without ceremony or pretense, and he is deeply engaged in issues facing the people of the Western Highlands.
Amid increasing calls for legalization of abortion in Africa, botched cases among young women are on the rise, according to recent reports.
Governments are responding by distributing contraceptives, but the Roman Catholic church, some Muslim groups and anti-abortion groups are waging their own campaigns against contraception, warning it will further escalate the problem.
The Mexican bishops' ministry for people on the move called for prayer, reflection and action after a train carrying northbound Central Americans derailed in southern Mexico, killing 11 migrants.
"Let us act so that this situation may be resolved; that people have the right to free transit; sufficient security to reach their destination; (and) ... in their own nation, possibilities for development, security and peace," said the statement, signed by Bishop Guillermo Ortiz Mondragon of Cuautitlan, director of the ministry.
The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor said Wednesday he plans to investigate claims of sexual abuse allegedly committed by the apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.
Letter: Fr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann critiques U.S. foreign policy and how it affects the image of the United States around the world.
Opinion: Let us all support the peace movement by doing what we can: marching on Washington, speaking out, sitting in and engaging in nonviolent direct action.
There's a constituency with more at stake than Western countries that would likely deliver a resounding no to force in Syria: Syria's Christians.
As the Obama administration prepares to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, what are the ethicists saying about the morality of military intervention?
As speculation mounted about Western air strikes on Syria, Catholic leaders in Europe warned intervention could lead to an escalation of hostilities.
Julia Esquivel, internationally known poet and longtime activist, lives quietly in a pleasant home in the heart of Guatemala's capital.