Number of articles: 17

Biography of Ernesto Cofiño: A Life of Service

Ernesto Cofiño (1899-1991), Guatemalan, studied medicine in Paris. He is considered the father of pediatrics in Guatemala. He married Clemencia Samayoa in 1933 and they had five children. He worked in favor of the neediest people, trained thousands of university students and was recognized for his scientific contributions. He sought to live close to God, praying daily and offering Him his work. He discovered his vocation to Opus Dei in 1956. His process of canonization began in 2000.

Life and Stories

Ernesto Cofiño Declared Venerable

Guatemalan, husband and father of five, he was a pioneer in pediatrics in Guatemala.


Timeline of Ernesto Cofiño's cause for canonization

On the occasion of the promulgation of the decree on Ernesto Cofiño's heroic virtues, here is a timeline of the main steps in his cause for canonization.


Interview with the Postulator for the Cause of Ernesto Cofiño

Interview with Fr. Santiago Callejo, postulator of the cause for Ernesto Cofiño, on the occasion of the authorization for the promulgation of the decree on his heroic virtues.


Prelate: “Ernesto Cofiño was leaven that transformed his environment”

Words of the Prelate of Opus Dei upon learning of Pope Francis' decision on the decree of heroic virtues for the Guatemalan Ernesto Cofiño.

From the Prelate

Ernesto Cofiño intercedes in Hong Kong

Dr. Ernesto Cofiño dedicated his life to serving the most underprivileged children in Guatemala. He was the first professor of Pediatrics and founded the Pediatric Association in the country. He passed away with a reputation for holiness. In this account, the mother of a four-year-old boy recounts how she turned to his intercession before God.


Finding God in Medicine

Xochitl Donis, a pediatrician, teacher and mother of a family in Guatemala, recounts how finding a prayer card of Dr. Ernesto Cofiño at the beginning of her university studies led her to find God in her daily work and life.


Guatemala City Dedicates an Avenue to Dr. Ernesto Cofiño

Dr. Ernesto Cofiño, pioneer of pediatrics in Guatemala, earned a place in the hearts of thousands of Guatemalans with his work for children and for the development of women and underprivileged families. Now he also has a well-deserved place in the urban fabric of Guatemala City.


Samuel Camhi and Ernesto Cofiño

Samuel Camhi was a Jewish businessman and Ernesto Cofiño a Catholic physician. United by their concern for the most needy, they became great friends.


Dr Ernesto Cofiño's Process of Beatification Continues in Rome

The second phase of the beatification process for the Servant of God Ernesto Cofiño has begun. He is regarded as the pioneer of pediatrics in Guatemala. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints will now examine the documentation.