Javier Bolaños

Javier Bolaños

Latin America Editor

Articles by Javier Bolaños

  • Latin America

    Bukele, president who referred to God in his speeches, reelected in El Salvador

    Charismatic leader Nayib Bukele secures a second term as El Salvador’s president, consolidating his leadership in the small Central American nation. Despite facing criticism and debate over the constitutional legality of his candidacy, Bukele’s focus on security and modernization, along with his appeal to the country’s large evangelical population, has solidified his popularity. This victory is a testament to his successful efforts in drastically reducing crime and resonating with the faith of t

  • Latin America

    Protection from the moment of conception: dynamics behind the success of Peru's pro-life movement

    Peru’s Unborn Life Protection Law, championed by the controversial figure Milagros Aguayo, has sparked intense debate and diverse reactions within the country. This article delves into the complexities of this law, its societal impact, and the role of Peru’s socio-economic and religious landscape in shaping public opinion on such a critical issue.

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    Christians take an active part in the anniversary celebrations of Lima, Peru's capital city

    Lima, the dynamic capital of Peru, recently celebrated its 489th anniversary with significant participation from evangelical churches. The city was filled with music, culture, and tradition, with a program that included concerts, artistic presentations, and fireworks. The Federation of Evangelical Christian Churches of Peru organized a Thanksgiving Ceremony, a moment to give thanks and reflect on the role of faith in the city’s life. The celebrations highlighted Lima’s diversity and cultural ric

  • Latin America

    Rio floods leave at least 12 dead, Church mobilizes aid

    At least 12 people were killed and one more is missing after heavy rains caused flooding in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, state governor Claudio Castro told a press conference. Castro also confirmed that some 2,400 soldiers from the Fire Department were deployed for cleanup and rescue work from the beginning of the heavy rains, with the support of drones and sniffer dogs.

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    Arévalo sworn in as Guatemala's new president on a tense and complicated day

    Bernardo Arévalo's inauguration as Guatemala's president was fraught with delays and controversies, leading to a tense situation that saw several world leaders depart before the event. Despite these challenges, Arévalo took office after midnight, backed by citizens and international delegations. Amidst this political crisis, the predominantly Christian Guatemalan population has leaned on their faith, with the Evangelical Alliance of Guatemala calling for 21 days of fasting and prayer for the cou

  • Latin America

    Faith and power: the growing evangelical influence in Latin American politics

    What do the former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, the former president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, have in common? All of them have received the support of evangelical sectors to reach or remain in power. In recent years, mentions of God and biblical passages seem to have multiplied in political speeches, and evangelical support was instrumental in the rise and fall of leaders as diverse as Evo Morales (Bolivia), Andrés Man