A report by the Washington-based Refugees International organization charges U.S. immigration policy with helping the spread of the coronavirus in Guatemala, as federal agencies in the U.S. and Mexico have repatriated infected Guatemalans through deportations.
For Guatemalans in the Diocese of Brooklyn, the feast day of “The Black Christ of Esquipulas” came early this year.
In one of his first pastoral visits outside Guatemala since being given a red hat in October, newly minted Cardinal Alvaro Ramazzini traveled to Mississippi last weekend to stand in solidarity with Guatemalan immigrants subjected to the largest state deportation raid in U.S. history.
St. Finbar Catholic Church, Bath Beach — long a parish known for welcoming immigrants — honored the many Guatemalans in its community with a vigil Mass, procession and fiesta on Sept. 28 to celebrate the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel.
The tragedy of great magnitude occurred on June 3 and left more than a hundred dead people and almost 200 missing, mainly affecting the departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez.
Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead.