Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Francis in Bolivia greeted as a 'brother' with 'a message of hope and liberation'

Francis welcomed the “important steps” Morales' government had made “to include wide sectors in the country's economic, social and political life.”

Pope Francis greeted Bolivia with a message of inclusion, a central theme of his three-nation tour to his home continent, as he arrived in South America's poorest nation. Landing in La Paz early in the evening, thousands of faithful -- many of whom had spent a chilly night outdoors waiting for him -- welcomed the pope as choirs sang in the indigenous Aymara language.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 09:14 UTC

Pope addresses one million faithful and calls for dialogue and inclusion at all levels

“Fight for inclusion at all levels,” implored Francis, while pleading for “dialogue” on the third day of a tour that also includes Bolivia and Paraguay.

Pope Francis called for dialogue in front of nearly one million people at an outdoor mass in Ecuador's capital, before launching an appeal for better care of the Amazon. The pope addressed over 900,000 faithful who braved the cold and rain to hear his homily in Bicentennial Park, Quito -- a city recently rocked by anti-government protests.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Carnival cruises to Cuba expected for next May; waiting for Havana green light

Under the initiative, some 37,000 travelers a year will either volunteer or be immersed in educational and cultural exchanges in local communities

Carnival Corporation, the world's biggest travel and leisure firm, plans to launch cruises to Cuba in May, following the historic thaw between the Castro brothers nation and the United States. US Treasury Department and Commerce Department granted the company approval for the plans, Carnival announced Tuesday, though it has yet to receive Cuban authorization.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 07:50 UTC

World Bank claims there's 'no crisis in Latin America', but poverty still prevails

“A large part of the population (those living with 4 to 10 dollars a day) are vulnerable and at risk of returning to poverty,” warned Familiar

The World Bank’s Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Familiar, praised the region’s implementation of economic reforms, claiming that they had led to poverty reduction in the last few years, but he also warned that its pace was decreasing.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Pope said Mass to 650.000 people and centered the homily on the family theme

Tens of thousands of people lined the route from the airport, at times rushing police to touch the car and throw flower petals before it.

Pope Francis said Mass for more than 650.000 Ecuadoreans and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church. On the first full day of a three-nation “homecoming” trip to South America, the Argentine-born pontiff was in Ecuador's second city Guayaquil, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world's “banana capital,” given its bustling fruit trade.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Caricom supports Guyana in border dispute with Venezuela, but there's also Petro Caribe

“Caricom stands firmly behind Guyana,” said Stuart. “We don't think there can be any compromise so far as Guyana's territorial borders is concerned.”

The chairman of a 15-member Caribbean trade bloc said over the weekend that he backs Guyana's government amid an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela. Freundel Stuart spoke at a press conference as Caricom leaders ended a three-day summit in Barbados.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 07:40 UTC

Maduro recalls ambassador in Guyana: “Venezuela in under new forms of assault and aggression”

“Venezuela is coming under new forms of assault and aggression,” said Maduro. “This is a grave, dangerous situation that we must combat with national unity.”

President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that he was recalling Venezuela's ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. During an address to parliament, Maduro said that he also is initiating a comprehensive review of relations with much smaller Guyana and reducing the size of Venezuela's embassy there.

Monday, July 6th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

Francis in Ecuador repeats call 'to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor'

“I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America and to be here with you today in this beautiful land of Ecuador”

Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Ecuadorians take to the streets to protest against Correa; Pope arrives Sunday

Protests began to widen in early June after Correa tried to impose a 75% tax on inheritances and capital gains from real estate sales.

Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. Full demonstrations were reported in the three biggest cities, Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, as well as other smaller cities. Correa claimed a 'coup' was on the making.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:13 UTC

Cristina Fernandez plans sixth meeting with the Pope, when he visits Paraguay

The Pope and Cristina Fernández last private meeting was on 7 June in Rome. CFK said they discussed world hunger and politics, but not Argentine issues.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández will have a meeting with Pope Francis during the Pontiff’s visit to Paraguay, official sources have confirmed. The Argentine leader will travel to Asunción between July 11 and 13 for her sixth encounter with Francis, who will be ending his South American tour during those dates. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, beginning Sunday.

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