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Pope Names Valdez Torres Bishop of Ensenada, Mexico

Pope Francis has named Rafael Valdez Torres, who has been serving as pastor and rector of the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles in San Juan Nuevo, to be the new bishop of Ensenada, Mexico, the Vatican press office said Tuesday. continue reading »

U.S. Catholic Bishops Award $3.1 Million to Pastoral Work in Latin America

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 132 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, worth over $3.1 million, to aid pastoral work in that region. The funds also will allow young people to attend World Youth Day (WYD) in Brazil, July 23-28. continue reading »

Pope Francis Calls for Peace at First Easter Mass

Pope Francis called on Easter Sunday for peace in a world "still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century." continue reading »

Thousands Gather for Pope Francis’s First Public Audience

Pope Francis entered St. Peter's Square in the popemobile on Wednesday to hold the first public audience of his pontificate, which several thousand people from all over the world attended. continue reading »

Christ’s Guidance Can Help Overcome Evil in the World, Says Pope Francis

Pope Francis called in his first Palm Sunday Mass for an end to wars, economic conflicts that harm the weakest people in society, hunger for money and power, corruption and crimes against human life and creation, telling the faithful that Christ can help them overcome the evil in men and the world. continue reading »

Pope Francis Eagerly Looking Forward to World Youth Day in Brazil

Pope Francis I is "very excited" about his July visit to Brazil to participate in World Youth Day, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said here Wednesday after a meeting with the new pontiff. continue reading »

Three Votes Down, Still No New Pope

The Roman Catholic Church's 115 cardinal electors sent a fume of black smoke into the skies over Vatican City on Wednesday, telling the world that they had not yet been able to select a new pope after three votes. continue reading »

Cardinals’ First Vote for New Pope is Inconclusive

Black smoke came out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney Tuesday evening, indicating that the first ballot of the 115 cardinals charged with choosing a new pope did not produce a result. continue reading »

Cardinals to Meet on March 4 Before Official Conclave

Cardinals will begin holding formal meetings starting March 4 as part of their preparations for a conclave to elect the new pope, the Vatican said Friday. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI to Live Rest of Life as Simple Pilgrim

Benedict XVI, the 265th successor to St. Peter at the helm of the Catholic Church, left the papacy on Thursday to become a simple "pilgrim who is starting the last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth." continue reading »

Pope Benedict Requests Prayers From Followers

More than 100,000 people gathered Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI's next-to-last Angelus prayer, listening attentively as the pontiff asked them to pray for him. continue reading »

Conclave to Elect New Pope May Begin Before March 15

The papal conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who will step down on Feb. 28, could begin prior to March 15 if all the cardinal electors are in Rome before that date, Vatican Press Office Director Federico Lombardi said Saturday. continue reading »

Christian Fashion Show Touts Modesty with Style

While New York City may be hosting the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, this weekend Tampa, Fla. opened its doors to Christian Fashion Week. continue reading »

Pope Benedict To Tweet in Latin to Nearly 4,000 Followers

Pope Benedict XVI now has 3,730 followers on his Twitter account in Latin, two days ahead of his scheduled inaugural tweet, the Vatican said Friday. continue reading »

Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Welcomes 5.8 Million Feast Day

Around 5.8 million Christian faithful on Wednesday visited the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Mexican capital with the aim of celebrating the 481st anniversary of the Virgin Mary's last appearance before Indian peasant Juan Diego, who was canonized in 2002. continue reading »

Vatican to Host Conference on Church in America

The history and future of the Church in America will be the topic of a conference held at the Vatican next week, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Knights of Columbus, with assistance from the Institute for Guadalupan Studies in Mexico City. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Names 7 Saints, Including Spanish Nun

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday proclaimed Spain's Mother Maria del Carmen Salles y Barangueras and six other people saints of the Roman Catholic Church in a ceremony witnessed by thousands of people in St. Peter's Square. continue reading »

$15 Million National Hispanic Leadership Initiative Announced

In the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, Catholic Extension announced the launch of the national Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative, a three-year commitment of strategic investment by Catholic Extension to fund the salaries of 100 new Hispanic lay leaders in poor mission dioceses across the U.S. The initiative is aimed at positively impacting Hispanic ministry in the U.S. Catholic Church. continue reading »

Newly Appointed Mexican Archbishop Faced With Challenges in New Location

The new archbishop of Monterrey, Mexico, is known for putting an emphasis on social ministries and serving poor populations -- most recently in the southern state of Chiapas as archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez. continue reading »

Pope Names Spanish St. John of Avila a Doctor of the Church

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday proclaimed Spanish St. John of Avila (1499-1569) and German St. Hildegarde of Bingen (1098-1179) "doctors" of the church, one of the Catholic Church's highest honors. continue reading »