Author Archives: Rhina Guidos

About Rhina Guidos

Associate Editor at Catholic News Service in Washington. You can find me on Twitter @CNS_Rhina

On the eve of Romero’s beatification, drones, fireworks, and a city abuzz

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Four Latin American presidents from neighboring Panama, Ecuador, Honduras and Guatemala and six cardinals are expected to attend tomorrow’s beatification of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. The six cardinals are: Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, of Honduras, … Continue reading

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A beatification for the 21st century

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — If you can’t be in El Salvador for Saturday’s beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, not to worry. The Internet will bring it right to you. From Instagram photos, to blogs and tweets, Facebook updates and … Continue reading

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At Romero’s beatification, offertory includes document of war’s atrocities

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – One of the offertory items at Saturday’s beatification ceremony of El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero is a copy of a document generated during the peace accords that ended the country’s 12-year civil war in 1992. … Continue reading

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Red vestments, and a bloodstained relic at Oscar Romero’s beatification

Organizers of the beatification of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero say they expect 200,000 to 260,000 to attend the May 23 event in El Salvador. Archbishop Romero was fatally shot March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass. Often invoking the … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI ate here

A few weeks ago, on a stop at El Cobre, Cuba, I heard a man talking about leftovers and retired Pope Benedict XVI. In a country where St. John Paul II dominates the memory of Cuban Catholics, I went over to … Continue reading

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A faith connection on Cuba’s slow but emerging lane of technology

HAVANA — It’s a scene all too familiar in the U.S., but not one you’d expect in Cuba: a group of schoolgirls cupping their cellphones with their hands, protecting them from the glare of the tropical sun. Most are looking at … Continue reading

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It was just a piece of Thanksgiving pie, but…

WASHINGTON — One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is watching the children help during our annual parish dinner for our homeless brothers and sisters in Washington. This year, a little boy serving desserts looked up with just a hint … Continue reading

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A saint for those who bark (and meow)

WASHINGTON (CNS) -– A few fights broke out among the dogs, including the dapper ones who dressed up for the occasion. A parakeet was silenced by the cacophony of barks. The cats merely tolerated everyone else. One pup couldn’t take the pressure, … Continue reading

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Using social media, family of slain journalist asks public not to watch beheading video

His family has taken to social media, using Facebook and Twitter to express their sorrow, accept his death, ask for privacy and ask others to refrain from sharing or watching the graphic images of their loved one’s beheading. “We have … Continue reading

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Crowded streets, churches attest that Holy Week and Easter have never been more alive in this El Salvador city

SOYAPANGO, El Salvador — The Easter Bunny doesn’t live here. There are no egg hunts, no large bags of candy for sale or Easter baskets or bonnets in these crowded streets. But there are crowded churches and the advent of … Continue reading

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