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Javier Milei, who attacked Pope Francis as a “filthy leftist”, has overwhelmingly won Argentina’s presidential election on a radical libertarian platform of dollarising the economy and shrinking the state in a country beset by recurring economic crises and triple-digit inflation. Source: OSV News.
Despite underperforming with respect to pre-election polls, an anti-papal libertarian nevertheless succeeded in forcing a November 19 runoff in the race to become the next president of Pope Francis’ home country of Argentina. Source: Crux.
The Church in Brazil has coordinated efforts to offer pastoral ministry to the 12 million families living in the country’s slums, known as favelas in Portuguese. Source: NCR Online.
The Colombian bishops conference is training dozens of priests and lay workers on how to help monitor the truce after the nation’s military and the largest remaining rebel group announced a six-month ceasefire. Source: NCR Online.
The little boy who managed to get past the crowd control barrier at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 to hug Pope Francis is now a seminarian preparing for the priesthood. Source: CNA.
Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos has been sent back to prison after negotiations between the Nicaraguan bishops and the government of dictator Daniel Ortega broke down, Nicaraguan news sources reported. Source: CNA.
Pope Francis has sent a letter to the president of Bolivia expressing “feelings of shame and dismay” and a firm promise to work with the government of the South American country to end clerical sexual abuse of minors. Source: CNA.
Bishops from Peru and Chile have called on the authorities of both countries to seek a solution through dialogue to the migration crisis that is currently taking place at the border. Source: CNA.
After three of Brazil’s most important wine producers were accused of using slave labour last week, the Brazilian Church released a statement affirming that wines made by manufacturers which violate “the respect to human dignity” must not be chosen as sacramental wines. Source: Crux.